The Royal Australian Air Force (RAF) is in Tuvalu to help tackle illegal, unregulated and unregistered fishing in Tuvalu waters, in support of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).
The RAF in its C-27 aircraft, began maritime surveillance today covering Tuvalu’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and high sea pockets around Tuvalu.
Aircraft Captain FLTLT Daniel Braid said this is a three-week operation that includes the maritime surveillance of the waters of Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.
Captain Braid said, “Our mission is to search the seas for boats who may be fishing in Tuvalu waters, and send them to FFA headquarters in Honiara for analysis. If they turn out to be boats fishing illegally then FFA will continue with its prosecution process.”
Lieutenant Commander Rodney Wells has been coordinating maritime surveillance on the ground, and said that he and the maritime police have provided education training to school students.
Logistics Officer of the RAF, FLGOFF Jorgia Broadbent said apart from conducting maritime surveillance, RAF crew will also participate in activities with local people starting with a friendly volleyball game between the crew and local police.
She said, “There will be time for school visits where school children will be invited to walk through the plane.”
Other aircrafts from other developed partners are also part of this maritime surveillance, covering the other three countries’ EEZ and high seas.
Aircraft Captain Braid said, “It is important to detect fishing boats fishing in FFA charge, and prosecute them so to deter this illegal, unregulated and unregistered fishing.”
Mr. Foetasi Taukave in Motufoua Secondary School uniform and traditional garlands among winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Photo: ZFEP
Motufoua Secondary School was awarded the Global High School Category – OCEANIA, at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Opening Ceremony Programme that took place Monday 15thJanuary, at the International Convention Centre at ADNEC (ICC Abu Dhabi).
Motufoua scooped the award after being shortlisted with two other High Schools from Australia, as part of the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) Awards for 2018.
Dressed in Motufoua school uniform with traditional garlands, Mr. Foetasi Taukave received the award on behalf of the school which was also proudly represented at the Awards Ceremony by Principal of the school Mr. Siautele Lito and Ms. Titi Moeao.
The Government of Tuvalu representatives to the 2018 IRENA Assembly, CEO Mr. Avafoa Irata and the General Manager of the TEC, Mr. Mafalu Lotolua were part of the audience that witnessed the awards ceremony.
The Motufoua submission to the competition is a combination of solar and biogas, and aims to expand the school’s solar power capacity and install a bio digester to produce biogas for cooking in the school kitchen. It also includes the collection of rainwater to water the school’s vegetable garden and to clean the school’s piggery, the key source of feedstock for the biogas.
The main benefit of the three-pronged project is that it delivers more efficiently the intertwined goals of increasing renewable energy use, water reuse, waste recycling, sustainable food production and emission reduction. The project will include monitoring and measurement of data that will be included in the teaching of science and environment, showing how the school is progressing towards these goals.
The ZFEP which is now in its 10th anniversary, invites innovators from around the world to be part of a growing community, committed to finding solutions that will meet the challenges of Climate Change, Energy Access and Water Security.
The Prize aims to increase the magnitude of its impacts in the next decade. Collectively, its winners have positively impacted the lives of more than 307 million people around the world.