The 9th MCS Sub-Regional (Arafura and Timor Seas) Group meeting was convened in Cairns, Australia from 9 to 11 April 2019 in follow up to the 8th MCS Sub-Regional (Arafura and Timor Seas) Group meeting held in Bali, Indoensia 2019. The meeting was attended by delegates from all of the four member countries: Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.
Mr. Brendan Rayner, Manager of International Comliance Operations, Australian Fisheries Management Authority, as Chair of the meeting welcomed delegates and officially opened the meeting. Mr. Rayner expressed the importance of the strong working relationships and willingness to share infotmation within the MCS Sub-Regional (arafura and Timor Seas) Group. Mr. Rayner highlated the RPOA-IUU’s comments from the Coordination Committee (CC) meeting in November 2018 noting that this Sub-Regional Group is setting the standard for other Sub-Regional group terms of collaboration and results, though identified that this group needs to share these expertise with the other RPOA Sub-Regional groups, Mr. Rayner finally acknowledged the importance to continually build on the successes of this Sub-Regional group and the significance that the development of the Action Plan has on shaping our approaches to combating IUU Fishing in the region.