FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. --Fisheries inspectors, investigators and enforcement officers from across the Pacific head home from Suva this weekend, after spending almost a month honing their ‘investigative’ skills to help detect fisheries offences.
The fifth Pacific Islands Fisheries Evidence and Investigation Training Course, FETIC ends today at the University of the South Pacific’s School of Maritime Studies. Participants followed through on lecture sessions with practical exercises to apply their new knowledge in a range of ways. In final sessions, they held ‘Moot’ Court hearings to help them understand the importance of proper evidence gathering, and earlier in the course had participated in boarding and inspections of fishing vessels in Suva Harbour. Former participants of the FETIC, now employed with the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests of Fiji, coordinated the boardings.