MELBOURNE (Bernama) – Australia has demonstrated commitment for a Southeast Asian regional approach to fisheries management with the delivery of a training programme in Indonesia this month.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) said the fourth and final in-country phase of the Australia-Indonesia Fisheries Management/Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Training Programme which was held in Indonesia.
Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, said training was delivered to officers including personnel from the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, marine police, customs and the Fishing Port Authority.
“Australia is committed to working with our regional neighbours in a joint approach to fisheries management,” Colbeck said in a statement.
“Our fisheries are among the most sustainable and best managed in the world. We’ve made some tough decisions and put in management measures that ensure sustainability.
“We have the opportunity to share our experience and knowledge with our regional partners and work together to ensure the future sustainability of our shared fisheries resource,” he said.
The programme is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.