The Fisheries Development Division of the Forum Fisheries Agency is pleased to release the final report "A Forward Looking Study of Development Opportunities in FFA Member Countries in the Tuna Industry". The report provides an overview of recent developments in the tuna industry, particularly changes in technology and considers the implications of such changes for Pacific Island Countries.
The report was funded by the Australian Aid Program with additional support from the EU funded DevFish2 Project.
FFA's Fisheries Development Division through its EU-funded DEVFISH II project has supported a significant focus on national compliance systems. This work is done by national 'competent authorities' to meet the standards of the EU IUU regulation and the regulatory standards of EU accredited food safety Competent Authorities. Establishment and strengthening across some member nations has taken a focus in two areas-- food safety standards covering tuna at all stages from the ocean to the consumer, and Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing.
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's annual update monitoring key parameters for the economic conditions of the WCPO tuna fishery and its impact on FFA members is attached for download, with some amendments for public use and sharing. The Economic Indicators report is divided into 4 broad sections: ‘Global tuna production’ (Section 2), WCP-CA estimated catch, values and economic conditions, (Section 3), ‘Domestic development indicators’ (Section 4) and Summary and conclusions (Section 5).
Market and Industry Dynamics in the Global Tuna Supply Chain
Over a series of ten chapters, this report provides an overview of the current status of the global tuna industry in terms of major tuna fishing fleets, tuna trading companies, processing sites and principal markets.