The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future.
Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA's 17 Pacific Island members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
FFA was established to help countries sustainably manage their fishery resources that fall within their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA is an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members who make sovereign decisions about their tuna resources and participate in regional decision making on tuna management through agencies such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
Since 1979, FFA has facilitated regional cooperation so that all Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable use of tuna – worth over $3 billion a year and important for many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific.
The joint aim of members of the Forum Fisheries Agency is captured in its Vision Statement, which states:
“We, the Member Countries of the Forum Fisheries Agency, will enjoy the highest level of economic and social benefits that is compatible with sustainable use of our tuna resources.”
FFA’s Corporate Mission
For staff and management at FFA’s regional headquarters, their work is guided by the Corporate Mission Statement, which states the mission of the organization is:
“To enable Member Countries to manage, conserve and use the tuna resources in their Exclusive Economic Zones and beyond, through enhancing national capacity and strengthening regional solidarity.”
FFA’s Statement of Intent
Statement of intent for the fiscal year can be accessed by clicking on this link.
FFA’s Annual Reports
FFA's Annual Report for the fiscal year can be accessed by clicking on this link.
FFA Director General & Spokesperson
The current Director General and chief spokesperson of FFA is Mr. James Movick.
How FFA works
Approximately 80 staff at the regional FFA headquarters in Honiara support their national contact points in departments of foreign affairs and fisheries in each member jurisdiction. FFA focuses its work on:
Fisheries management – providing policy and legal frameworks for the sustainable management of tuna
Fisheries development – developing the capacity of members to sustainably harvest, process and market tuna to create livelihoods
Fisheries operations – supporting monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries as well as treaty administration, information technology and vessel registration and monitoring.
Corporate services - supporting the organisation's work through administration, human resources, budgeting and other corporate functions.
The founding document of the Agency is the South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency Convention. The Forum Fisheries Committee meets annually to consider regional policies and the budget and work programme of FFA.