Despite numerous public complaints and media reports of illegal fishing activities in our waters, these illegal marine activities still continue.
An effective response action is urgently needed before many fish stocks run out.
We need immediate measures to deter illegal fishing by foreigners. What the country requires now is effective collective action from relevant agencies to safeguard our rich marine resources.
Here are some improved solutions to this and we can do it several ways. The government should start by having more surveillance crafts and at the same time, set up an effective national coast guard service to carry out effective resource protection all year around. Maritime surveillance of our archipelagic waters out to 200 nautical miles EEZ can be greatly enhanced where vast distances are involved.
First, we pre-position our naval ships in strategic locations. Second, we can achieve good synergy by the use of aircrafts to augment overall surveillance coverage. Third, we periodically home-port naval ships to operate out of key
The Defense Ministry must plan to establish forward operations bases from strategic locations in Western,
Having extensive naval operational experience in our waters and the 200 miles EEZ for many years, I urgently recommend priority government intervention now. We must immediately programme into our short to medium development strategies, the setting up of naval forward bases within the next five years. I further propose forward bases at
This is a big challenge for both the Ministry of Defence to ensure collective action by key agencies to safeguard PNG’s rich marine resources. If we fail to do this now, than it won’t be long before our country’s marine resources will be completely fished out. Many foreign fishing nations have already depleted their own fish stocks and over fishing our rich marine resources today with much impunity.
Can the government now take immediate action to deter illegal fishing activities by foreigner snow before all our fish are gone forever!
Former Professional Mariner