17 May 2013

PNG MP raises concerns about illegal fishing by Indonesian vessels

11:11 am on 17 May 2013

The Papua New Guinea MP for Manus, Ronny Knight, has raised concerns during Parliament's Question Time this week about illegal fishing by Indonesian vessels.

Mr Knight said fishing vessels near Manus are using drift nets that have been banned throughout the world and also long-line fishing methods.

He said reports from people travelling from Manus to Vanimo also revealed that small fishing vessels had also been spotted 200 meters off Mal Island with shark lines that were illegal in PNG waters.

The Post Courier reports him urging the government to do something about this to protect the people's marine resources and also protect Papua New Guinea's territorial waters and sovereignty