September 15, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Monday, September 7, the patrol boat Arago carried out a fishing police operation on a Chinese vessel in the French Polynesia Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE PF).
This intervention was made possible thanks to information received the day before by the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) of Tahiti. A Polynesian fisherman had indeed reported a suspicion of the launching of several fishing devices, with transmitting beacons, by a Chinese vessel in transit in the EEZ PF.
After analysis of the elements by the Joint Maritime Center (CMC), it was decided to direct the patrol boat Arago , on a fisheries surveillance mission, to the suspected vessel.
Arrived in the area, the unfavorable weather conditions did not allow the visiting team to board the Chinese fishing vessel. Thus, after establishing contact with the latter and relying on a sinus cell on land, the crew of the French patrol vessel carried out a flag survey. The elements collected and in particular the Automatic Identification System (AIS) detections made it possible to refine our knowledge of the modes of action of fishermen in this area and to remove doubts as to the transmitting beacons then present on board.
The Chinese vessel was able to resume its journey towards its future fishing zone, outside the EEZ PF, now aware of the surveillance which fishing vessels, whatever their nationality, are subject to during their navigation in transit.
This action shows the value of collaboration between the vessels operating in the PF EEZ and the authorities in charge of fisheries surveillance, and the immediate consideration of the information reported to the operational center.