On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at around 4:00pm local time, PSS Haruo I. Remeliik (PSS H.I.R) departed the Division of Marine Law Enforcement wharf for a surveillance patrol for five days ending on June 4, 2017. Remeliik was tasked to do a surveillance patrol of the Palau Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The ship departed with a full complement of logistic requirements and a total of 13 crew members.
During their surveillance patrol, Remeliik encountered Seven (7) Fishing Aggregate Devices (FADS), which were identified and destroyed on sight. Furthermore, PSS HI Remeliik sighted One (1) Foreign Fishing Vessel (FFV), a purse seiner making its way from the high seas pocket and on its way to General Santos, Philippines, therefore HIR let it continue its journey without boarding. The Surveillance Patrol covered a total of 1,137 nautical miles and sailed a total of 112 hours.
The reduction in the number of vessels conducting illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing is a sure sign that the policing and other measures being taken by our Division and various assets from other countries assisting us are working effectively. [/restrict]