The trouble with foreign fishing vessels and their crew: is a vessel in the hand really worth two in the sea?

Baird, Rachel (2006) The trouble with foreign fishing vessels and their crew: is a vessel in the hand really worth two in the sea? Public Law Review, 17 (4). pp. 253-256. ISSN 1034-3024

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Abstract

Foreign fishing vessel (FFV) apprehensions in the northern Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) represent a significant and growing problem not just for the government authorities charged with the detection, apprehension and arrest, investigation and prosecution of offenders but for the Federal Government and Australian taxpayers. Arrests in 2005 were more than double those reported for 2004. 1 In one two-week period in late March 2006, 23 FFVs were apprehended carrying a combined total of 197 crew. 2 While the apprehensions do, on the one hand, vindicate the decision to divert increasing Commonwealth funds towards the fight against illegal fishing, 3 they also raise a question for which there is no easy answer: What is to be done with the FFVs and their crews? Immediately consequent upon the boarding and seizure of a FFV, a number of issues – logistical, legal and social – arise. The nature of these issues is such that many agencies, companies and individuals are involved in dealing with them. With several different actors involved in the processing of FFVs and their crew, there is a risk that the extent of the combined drain on national resources has been overlooked. This Comment raises some of the issues which might flow from the arrest of a FFV and focuses on the costs involved in processing the FFV and crew. The review concludes by asking whether the arrest and seizure of FFVs is the best use of Australia's resources.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version not held.
Depositing User: Dr Rachel Baird
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 02:34
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: foreign fishing vessels; Australian Fishing Zone; illegal fishing
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940404 Law Enforcement
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7409

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