PNG fishing observer’s disappearance raises serious safety concerns for officers at sea

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
July 5, 2017
Queensland—Ministers and officials meeting in Queensland to discuss the future of the South Pacific albacore have been blown of course by the news that yet another Pacific fisheries observer has gone missing at sea.
James Numbaru from Papua New Guinea disappeared from a Chinese-flagged, PNG chartered, purse seiner in waters off Nauru, when conditions are said to have been relatively calm.
He's the sixth observer to go missing at sea in recent times, and the fourth from PNG.
Eugene Pangelinan, head of Fisheries in the Federated States of Micronesia, says Mr Numbaru's case is yet another example of safety challenges faced by observers once they leave port.