FFA REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2012
Operation Kurukuru 2012, a coordinated maritime surveillance operation in which countries cooperate to detect activities such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, smuggling and people trafficking, was hosted by the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) over the last two weeks.
Operation Kurukuru 2012 resulted in 323 vessels sighted and 206 vessel boarded and inspected, more than twice as many as were conducted during the same operation in 2011. These efforts resulted in 27 infringements, some of which are now the subject of ongoing investigations. The 5 aircraft involved in the operation flew a total of over 80 hours, surveying the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of many of the Pacific Island Countries as well as adjacent high seas areas.