Fishing boats detainedThis article was originally published in Foodnews
TWO Taiwanese fishing boats have been detained as part of a ninenation operation to curb illegal fishing in the Pacific. The Eastern Star was fined US$200 000 before being released when it was found illegally fishing in the Federal States of Micronesia. The Ching Feng was detained in the capital Pohnpei. The detention came at the end of Operation Big Eye, a 10-day, US$15million surveillance effort. Big Eye used patrol boats from Palau, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea. The air forces of Australia and New Zealand, US Coast Guard planes and ships and a French Navy frigate were also involved. The operation covered an estimated 5.2 million sq km of the central and western Pacific. Patrol boats checked 38 fishing vessels and low-flying planes 185.