Pacific Island countries need policy change to increase local industry development to create economic growth. Currently local fishing industry has low numbers of jobs, poor earnings from employment and a low impact on poverty alleviation and food security. For example, Pacific Islands countries catch just $200 million worth of tuna from its fisheries while foreign nations fishing in the same waters catch over $1 billion.
FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. –An important milestone towards gaining access to the world’s most stringent consumer market for tuna has been met by Kiribati, making it only the fourth Pacific nation to do so.
The confirmation of the European Commission decision on 16th June to add the Republic of Kiribati to the list of countries whose fisheries food products acceptably conform to the restrictive food safety requirements of the EU market, is an impressive milestone for Kiribati.
26 February 2017, FFA HQ Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS – News of the return to green card status for Solomon Islands tuna into the EU market provides much-deserved cause for celebration, says the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA.
In this Policy Brief originally published as part of a collection of four externally contributed articles in the July Pacific Economic Monitor of the Asian Development Bank, FFA's Chris Reid, Alice McDonald and Leonard Rodwell conclude their report noting that Agency member nations are continuing to develop and implement policies at the regional and subregional levels in order to implement rights-based management systems
Fisheries is a critical sector for food security and economic growth in the Pacific region but despite this, the sustainable development of the industry and effective management of this precious resource has been hampered by the lack of accurate and up-to-date data.