NFA DECLARES WAR ON ‘BLUE BOAT INVASION’
The National Fisheries Authority through its Minister Mao Zeming has declared war on illegal fishing vessels in the PNG waters claiming it to be a breach of national security and urged the national government to intervene at through diplomatic talks at the regional level.
Described as the ‘blue boat invasion’ a term referred to Vietnamese boats that frequent the Milne Province waters to fish illegally, the Minister labelled as a breach to national security and stressed as also perpetrators in other countries.
Mr Zeming said these same boats had visited the Pacific region and arrested in other countries for illegal fishing.
He also called on the Government of Vietnam to put a stop to ‘the blue boat invasion’ of PNG waters including the Pacific.
Minister Mao Zeming said NFA will continue to work closely with its partners – PNGDF, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and also PNG Customs to improve border protection surveillance and combat illegal fishing.