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Tuesday November 27, 2012

Nations share data to check overfishing

PUTRAJAYA: Plans are in place for Malaysia and five other countries to share their data on maritime movement under the Coral Triangle Initiative-Coral Reefs Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) to monitor overfishing.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus J. Ongkili, who currently chairs the initiative, said top representatives from each of the six CTI-CFF member countries acknowledged the need to share information to tackle issues such as encroachment by foreign fishing vessels.

“With such cooperation, we can capture data on each ship passing through the area in real time using satellites. We are already doing that with Indonesia in the Straits of Malacca,” he said after the 8th CTI-CFF Senior Officials Meeting and 4th Ministerial Meeting which ended yesterday.

Aside from Malaysia, which currently holds the CTI-CFF chairmanship from 2011 to 2013, other member countries include Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands.

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