Illegal fishing activity in Australia's north increasing significantly
Illegal fishing activity in Australia's north has significantly increased, impacting fish stocks and marine environments. Since July, 86 boats have been found in Australian waters, with fishers reporting highly organised and damaging operations. The illegal fishers target the same species as commercial fishers, using smaller boats supplied by larger ones. Authorities are concerned about the compliance shortfall and have implemented measures to address the issue. The resurgence of illegal fishing is attributed to various factors, including COVID-induced economic pressures. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority is taking action to deter illegal fishing, including public education campaigns in Indonesia.