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.
To maximize economic and social benefits of fisheries, countries and territories must do three broad tasks:
1) Manage the fishery to ensure use is sustainable and will provide tuna now and in the future
2) Develop the fishery to harvest, process and market tuna to create jobs, income and a thriving industry
3) Monitor, control and survey the fishery to stop illegal fishing and make sure fishing benefits goes towards fishers who follow the rules of development and management set by governments.
More information about fisheries management, fisheries development and fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance activities and analysis can be found by clicking the links under 'What we do' (left). FFA assists members to carry out these three broad tasks by providing advice, information, policy recommendations, regional strategies, technical support and development opportunities. It provides support at the national and regional level.
At the national level, FFA provides support direct to countries and territories who are members of FFA. For an outline of some of these activities in each member nation, see FFA member pages.
At the regional level, FFA solicits the views of leaders, identifies consensus areas and emerging areas for debate and briefs leaders on technical and policy issues in preparation for their participation in the decision-making body on tuna management in the region – (the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission) and for negotiations about binding legal agreements (the various treaties, agreements and arrangements pertaining to fishing in Pacific). Pacific Island leaders are active in setting the agenda and priorities of FFA through their involvement in the various FFA projects and meetings and formally through the Forum Fisheries Committee.
The Statement of Intent is a forecast of intentions to be achieved over the medium term and provides the linkage between the annually planned activities, outlined in the Annual Work Programme and Budget, to the broader strategic framework provided by the FFA Strategic Plan. The FFA Annual Report reports against the Statement of Intent and in particular on actual performance results and impact of services achieved by the Secretariat during the period.
FFA POLICY AREAS
Read more about what FFA does in each of these policy areas:
FFA Director General & Spokesperson
Mr. James Movick was appointed to the Director General position on the 10th November 2012.
The FFA Annual Report & Statement of Intent summarises the agency's activities to build national capacity and regional solidarity so its members can benefit from their fisheries now and in the future. These activities fit into the broader strategic framework provided by the FFA Strategic Plan.
The Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) is comprised of one representative of each of the 17 members. The representative may be assisted by deputies. The Director, Deputy Director and other officers of the Agency, and advisers to the Agency also attend Committee meetings. Observers may also sit and this allows review and participation by other relevant organisations.
The FFC meets once a year at its annual session, normally held in the first week of May and again in special meetings held at other times of the year, according to its discretion and agenda. Meetings are closed to the public and attempt is made to reach decisions by consensus among member countries, although there is also the ability to take issues to a vote (each party has one vote and a two thirds majority is required of all parties present for the vote to pass).
In addition to the proposed FFA Work Programme and Budget, agenda items for FFC meetings may include: items deferred or requested by previous Committees, items proposed by the FFA, and items proposed by members.
FFC10, Rarotonga, May 1985 (Record of Proceedings, paragraph 7) agreed the following about membership: On the recommendation of the working group the following factors were agreed as ones which the Committee would consider in coming to a decision on membership. the applicant must be a State or territory; it must be within the South Pacific region; it must support the purposes of the FFA Convention; it must be capable of discharging the obligations contained within the FFA Convention and provide an assurance to that effect; it must provide such other relevant information as the FFC requires; and it must advise the reasons for seeking membership.