Maritime Regulation and Enforcement
A strong element of ANCORS’ research is maritime regulation and enforcement. ANCORS has worked closely with agencies in Australia and regionally to address the challenges of surveillance, regulation and enforcement of coastal State laws in ocean areas. The effectiveness of marine environmental protection, the successful and sustainable management of fisheries and ensuring safe navigation depend in no small part to effective maritime regulation and enforcement.
Past and current research in this area includes:
- Facilitation of an annual maritime security desktop exercise in Indonesia for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Border Protection Command and the Indonesian Coast Guard (BAKAMLA) for over 20 regional navies and coast guards
- An analysis of Western Indian Ocean maritime criminal law for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
- Support of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in strengthening maritime surveillance and enforcement in the Republic of Kiribati
ANCORS also has a collaborated with Pole Star to establish a Vessel Tracking Initiative. A facility to track vessels has been established within ANCORS to support both research and training.