Combined NZ-Fiji Patrols Inspect Six Vessels for Illegal Fishing

Combined maritime surveillance patrols by New Zealand and Fiji agencies recently identified six commercial fishing vessels alleged to have been fishing illegally in a traditional fishing ground (iqoliqoli). Aisake Batibasaga, the Director of Fisheries, said Fiji fisheries officers, together with New Zealand and Fiji personnel currently conducting combined maritime patrols, boarded and inspected the vessels in Qelelevu Lagoon in accordance with their legal mandate. “The six vessels were identified following information received by the Fiji Naval Division’s Maritime Surveillance Centre from customary fishing rights owners concerned about possible illegal activity,”…

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NZDF to Provide Maritime Patrol Support to Fiji

Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel Royal New Zealand Navy’s inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo left Auckland today to spend the next three months conducting maritime patrols in Fiji. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with support from the Ministry for Primary Industries, will help Fiji patrol its vast Exclusive Economic Zone and train its Navy sailors for the second consecutive year. The patrols by HMNZS Taupo, in support of the Republic of Fiji Navy, will involve the usual compliance monitoring activities, which include two Fishery Officers from New…

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Navy Continues Support of Art Deco Festival in Napier

February 15, 2017 – The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will continue its traditional involvement in the Tremains Art Deco Festival in Napier this year. The offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington and the inshore patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo will join the festival this weekend. Wellington was also part of last year’s festival, with crews taking part in several events, including parades and the commemorative breakfast. The Veronica Bell Ceremony at the Sound Shell on Sunday will remember the role the New Zealand Squadron of the Royal Navy (which later became…

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