The 8th MCS Sub-Regional (Arafura and Timor Seas) Group meeting was convened in Bali, Indonesia from 24 to 25 April 2018 in follow up to the 7th MCS Sub-Regional (Arafura and Timor Seas) Group meeting held in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea 2017. The meeting was attended by delegates from all of the four member countries: Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.
Mr. Eko Djalmo Asmadi, Expert to the Minister for Social Economic and Culture, Indonesian Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), as host of the meeting welcomed the delegates and officially opened the meeting and expressed the importance of MCS Sub-regional Group in establishing an action plan to address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing issues for the region and commended the information sharing activities among the members.
Mr Brendan Rayner, Manager of International Compliance Operations, Australian Fisheries Management Authority, as Chair of the meeting highlighted the RPOA-IUU’s comments from the meeting in November 2017 that this Sub-Regional group is setting the standard for the other Sub-Regional groups in terms of collaboration and results. He also acknowledged the importance for the Sub-Regional Group continuing to build on the successes of 2017.
All representatives from the member countries delivered their presentation updating key issues and current activities on their respective waters. The meeting has discussed and review the groups’ 2017 action plan, identify key IUU issues affecting the sub-region, and agreed the groups’2018 key IUU Issues and Action Plan.