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Skippers shocked by influx of Indonesian fishing boats in protected waters close to Australian mainland by ABC Kimberley / Erin Parke October 14,2021   |  Source: ABC

Photographs obtained by the ABC reveal a surge in illegal Indonesian fishing crews operating close to the Australian mainland, seemingly under the nose of federal border protection agencies.

Multiple operators have provided footage and photographs showing foreign fishermen scooping up seafood and clambering on delicate coral atolls within the Rowley Shoals Marine Park.

The boat skippers say it's the first time they've seen Indonesian crews at the coral reefs, which are located 300 kilometres off the coast of Broome.

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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