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Strengthening networks to curb illegal operations at sea: Captain Tawake

February 4, 2019 12:35 pm

The Fiji Navy says sharing information is critical to clamping down on illegal activities within our borders.

Navy Commander, Captain Humphrey Tawake says while all relevant agencies are working together, they need to up their game to ensure nothing is missed.

“Our priority this year would be having more presence out at sea. We are working closely with our national stakeholders, sharing information with them and ensuring that whatever information they think may not be relevant, may be relevant to that missing jigsaw in the bigger picture so that is the understanding that we are trying to portray or inform our national stakeholders here that you know, no one department can do it alone.”

Last year, the Fiji Navy operations included one of the biggest hauls of cocaine in Fiji’s history.

According to Police, the drug raids last year including cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine accounted for an estimated $200 million in street value.

Captain Tawake says they will continue to scrutinize and utilize their information networks both international and local to keep abreast of criminal activities within our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).