"So illegal trading is still going on. After all, jew fish maus (bladders), locally called gulama, is a delicacy in Indonesian restaurants in Merauke City and fetches about $400 per kilogram or K1373.50/kg," Ricker told The National newspaper.
"They are still entering South Fly district in Western Province through sea by coming in high-powered speedboats and they go as far as Kikori district in the Gulf Province.
"They go right out to the sea and run parallel to the PNG-Indonesian-Australian maritime border and then come back to the coastal villages, also along the Fly River villages all the way to Suki.
"We are still waiting for the PNG Defence Force and police patrol boats to come here to patrol the seas."
Ricker said he had an operational plan in place but there was no funding.
"We have not received any funds from the Covid-19 state of emergency operations centre to conduct operations in the district. We now have 16 PNGDF soldiers and 40 members of the police mobile squad here in Daru," Ricker said.