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Fishing vessels busted for IUU fishing in Australia

Vessels apprehended for sea cucumber catches, shark fishing.

Two foreign vessels suspected of illegally fishing in northern Australian waters have been apprehended by Maritime Border Command (MBC), a part of the Australian Border Force (ABF), in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).

In the Torres Strait, ABF officers located a vessel with 10 crew members on board, and with a substantial catch of about 250 kg of sea cucumber.

In waters off Western Australia, Australian Defence Force personnel identified nine crew members on board a second vessel which was south of Ashmore Islands.

While searching the vessel they found fishing equipment deployed in the water. Sharks were found on the end of the fishing lines which were then released.

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