During its patrol between Polynesia and Hawaii, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Bougainville twice crossed the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Kiribati. The patrol was part of the Forum fishering agency’s (FFA) permanent fisheries surveillance operation , organized by the Pacific Rim countries and signatories to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) aimed at combating illegal fishing.
The Bougainville crew was able to detect, locate and approach the fishing vessels present in their deployment area to verify their identification. The situation in the area and the information collected were transmitted to the Kiribati authorities who were able to ensure compliance with the fishing rules in their waters.
In total, more than 2,500 nautical miles will have been covered over 10 days in the Kiribati EEZ. This patrol illustrates the support provided by the FAPF to its regional partners within the framework of the protection of fishery resources and the marine environment.