Illegal fishing caught in Orion’s patrol belt
23 November 2011
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is casting a wide net in support of the Australian effort to help our Pacific neighbours protect their fisheries.
From 7 to 14 November 2011, a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft deployed to support Operation KURU KURU, the large-scale law enforcement operation held annually by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).
Operation KURU KURU is part of a wider FFA coordinated campaign of airborne and maritime patrols against illegal fishing.
Aircraft Captain,Flight Lieutenant Richard Court, said the Orion joined with the assets of neighbouring Pacific Islands Countries in patrolling a 30-million square kilometre area.
“It’s very rewarding to support Operation Kuru Kuru; we are contributing to securing food supplies and economic interests ofSouthPacificIslandnations,”Flight Lieutenant Courtsaid.
While on Operation KURU KURU, the Orion flew four missions, identifying, locating and documenting approximately 100 fishing vessels within its assigned areas of operation.
The information was provided to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency Joint Coordination Centre, which conducts Operation KURU KURU.
Royal Australian Navy Commander Mike Pounder, led the Australian assistance to the Joint Coordination Centre. Commander Pounder said the operation was aimed at securing a vital, yet threatened food resource.
Imagery is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/fotoweb/Grid.fwx?archiveId=5003&search=11121285
Vision of the P3C – Orion is also available
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