Illegal trawler spotted in Southern Ocean

6:07PM Friday Dec 19, 2008

The Air Force has spotted an illegal Spanish fishing trawler sailing in the Southern Ocean.

The Bigaro is on a list of blacklisted vessels found to have illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

It has been sighted by an Air Force Orion sailing this week within a conservation area near Antarctica.

The sighting has prompted Foreign Minister Murray McCully to urge the Spanish government to take action.

He says Spain cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the company that owns the vessel.