Illegal foreign fishing activity poses a serious threat to the sustainability of Australia’s fisheries resources and our nation’s sovereignty in general. Illegal foreign fishing vessels also pose quarantine risks to Australia. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) encourages recreational fishers to play their part in the fight against illegal fishing by reporting any sighting of foreign fishing or suspect vessels.
Australian Government agencies have issued the following guidelines to help recreational and commercial fishers to act safely and sensibly if you come across foreign fishing vessels in north Australian waters:
Coastwatch operates over a vast geographic area, for a diverse range of client agencies including Customs. As recreational fishers venturing into the more remote parts of the Top End coast, you can help by immediately reporting any suspicious signs or activities to CustomsCoastwatch conducts regular surveillance flights around Australia, including the Top End. It detects and responds to illegal activities in Australian waters, identifies and reports on marine pollution and other environmental incidents and helps conserve marine mammals by monitoring and recording sightings from the air.
Who to call
Customs Hotline (24 hours) 1800 06 1800
Coastwatch Darwin (24 hours) 0413 271 260
AusSAR Hotline (24 hours) 1800 64 1792