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Australia cracks down on PNG fishermen in the Torres Strait


Boats in Daru (South Fly Development Forum)AUSTRALIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE STOPPED seven boats and repatriated 60 Papua New Guinean nationals in a crackdown on illegal fishing on the Torres Strait international border.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority says the operation is unrelated to the suspected drowning of 15 PNG fishermen in the region in recent months.

About 1,000 kilograms of sea cucumbers (beche de mer) were seized last weekend by AFMA and the 60 men were returned to Daru in PNG to be charged. AFMA general manager of operations Peter Venslovas said there has been an increase in illegal fishing in the Torres Strait by Papua New Guineans.


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