Close collaboration with our nearest regional neighbours is an important part of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) efforts towards combatting and preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
AFMA regularly hosts international delegations and recently, 15 delegates from the Indonesian Coast Guard (Bakamla) and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries visited AFMA’s Canberra office to discuss strengthening global fisheries management, maritime enforcement, and improving compliance measures.
The officials toured Australia as part of a three-and-a-half week professional development course run by the University of Wollongong’s Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), with the visit funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Australian Awards Fellowships.
A stopover at AFMA marked the final destination of their tour of Australian agencies, having completed class-based learning and practical excursions with other Australian authorities, such as Maritime Border Command.
As part of AFMA’s efforts to continually improve international relations and communication, many AFMA officers who deal directly with Indonesian fishers and operators have learnt or are learning Bahasa language to help break down language and cultural barriers.
AFMA is proactive about working closely with Australia’s neighbouring countries, including Indonesia, to better inform and collaborate on compliance measures to strengthen fisheries management.