| Achong Tanjong |
THE illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country is estimated to incur losses of more than 19 million annually to Brunei Darussalam. With the new regulations and policy of the Department of Fisheries that come into force this year, such as the ban on shark fishing, marine parks or sea, this figure might increase.
This was highlighted by the Department of Fisheries during the closing ceremony of the three-day Investigation and Preparation of the Investigation Papers Course that was held at Nur Huda Hall at Fisheries Complex in Muara yesterday.
Organised by the department, the course was conducted by Investigation officer who has 22 years of experience in the field.
Some 30 officers and staff from the Laws Enforcement Section of the department yesterday received their certificates presented by Acting Director of Fisheries, Abdul Halidi bin Mohd Salleh.
Among the objectives of the course were to enhance self-confidence of the enforcement officials in providing effective services by following the guidelines detailed in conducting investigation and provide quality reports to be brought to the office of the Attorney General and improve the understanding and performance in implementing Fisheries Enforcement Duties Order 2009 and Fishery Regulation.
The course also hoped to improve and enhance monitoring and control, especially in the Brunei waters in addressing issues of irresponsible fishing and at the same time be able to control sustainable fishery resources in the country.
Fisheries Order 2009 is intended to govern the fishery resources in the country. Today, unauthorised fishing such as intrusion by foreign fishing vessels, using prohibited substances such as explosives, poison and cyanide, bringing and selling prohibited fishes such as fish that is contaminated by toxic and intruding prohibited zones, are known as IUU Fishing.