Indonesia, Australia to cooperate in sea surveillance: minister

15:32, April 14, 2011      

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Indonesia and Australia will cooperate in sea surveillance to prevent fish theft in their territories as the later has advanced surveillance tools, a minister said here on Thursday.

Minister for Maritime and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad told reporters that the cooperation will involve his ministry and the Navy.

"Negotiation is ongoing. In fact, we have been borrowing Australia's satellite for surveillance," said Muhammad.

The minister also said that illegal fishing activities often occur in border with Australia.

"The perpetrators take cover near the border of Indonesia and Australia. They take fishes from our waters, pack them and export them to Indonesia," said Muhammad.

Source: Xinhua
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