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South Korean Ship Nabbed in Tuvalu Waters

August 27, 2009

Brian Cannon

A South Korean flagged fishing boat named Dae Yang was fined for misreporting its catch after being boarded in Tuvalu waters, according to Radio New Zealand International.

The boat was nabbed during Operation Kurukuru 2009, a joint venture undertaken by the Pacific Fisheries Agency.

The venture involved four aircraft and eight patrol boats, covered an area of 10 million square kilometres in the central Pacific over a ten-day period earlier this month. The participating countries were Australia, Cook Islands, France, Kiribati, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu.

“This operation continues to demonstrate to those vessels which fish in the region that their day to day movements and activities are being monitored closely to ensure compliance with the regional and national fisheries regulations. Officers have boarded ships in a number of countries during Operation Kurukuru 2009," Coordinator of Operation Kurukuru, Martin Campbell told the Solomon Star.

A total of 21 vessels were boarded, and three other boats which were escorted to port for further investigation.

The fine to the Dae Yang was reported to be $10,000 US and was paid immediately.


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