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Forum leaders welcomes increased air surveillance capacity

September 6, 2018 10:00 pm

Pacific Forum Leaders have welcomed the increased air surveillance capacity of the new Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Aerial Surveillance Program funded by Australia.

In a special event hosted at the Nauru International Airport, leaders were able to inspect one of two King Air200 aircraft, fitted with high tech sensor, avionics and communications technologies under the Pacific Maritime Security Program.

FFA Director General James Movick says the Aerial Surveillance program is ensuring we have more Pacific eyes in the sky on fisheries activity across the exclusive economic zones of our Pacific member nations.

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Movick says it is an exciting milestone for fisheries surveillance, as well as broader law enforcement supporting the protection of our people, islands, and oceanic resources.

The Pacific Maritime Surveillance Program now includes civilian contractors to the continued support from the QUADS (defense assets of Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States).

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