More Viet­namese fish­ers caught

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THIR­TEEN Viet­namese na­tion­als are be­ing de­tained in Cairns af­ter their fish­ing ves­sel was ap­pre­hended in Aus­tralian waters.

Aus­tralian Bor­der Force of­fi­cials found more than three tonnes of sea cu­cum­bers, con­sid­ered a del­i­cacy in South-east Asia, on the ves­sel af­ter in­ter­cept­ing it near Sau­marez Reefs, north­east of Rock­hamp­ton.

The crew were ob­served dump­ing some of their catch over­board as the agents ap­proached the boat on Novem­ber 19, three days af­ter it was first de­tected inside a con­ser­va­tion zone.

Div­ing equip­ment, in­clud­ing eight air-lines, was also found on board.

The crew was es­corted to Cairns, where the men are be­ing de­tained as the Aus­tralian Fish­eries Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity con­sid­ers whether to lay charges.

“Il­le­gal fish­ing un­der­mines the very rules and reg­u­la­tions we have in place to en­sure the eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity of Aus­tralia’s fish­eries,” the AFMA’s Peter Venslo­vas said.

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