19th MCS Working Group Meeting

The Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Working Group (MCSWG) meeting is an annual forum that allows MCS practitioners to discuss regional and national MCS strategies for the prevention, detection and elimination of IUU fishing in the WCPO region. It supports Pacific Islands Leaders call for relevant regional and partner countries to continue efforts to strengthen and expand the effectiveness of monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement capabilities across the region.

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS Volume 8: Issue 5 September-October 2015


Volume 8: Issue 5September-October 2015

By Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice and Mike McCoy[1]



Fisheries Regulation

EU IUU gives ‘yellow card’ to Taiwan, lifts from PNG and ‘red card’ decision on Thailand pending

US rejects purse seining petition, threat of impacts on American Samoa

American Samoa minimum wage hike pushed by mainland competitor

Fisheries Management

Pacific meet advances Intel, info-sharing against IUU fishing

27 October, 2015, FFA CC, Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS  – Illegal, Unlicensed and Unregulated fishing is the ongoing challenge for regional and global fisheries, and Pacific member nations of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency are determined to take the lead on ensuring its stamped out in our tuna-rich EEZs.

PNG-EU yellow card success a Pacific inspiration, says FFA

6 October, 2015, FFA RFSC, Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS  –The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has commended the "inspirational" achievement of Papua New Guinea with the EU lifting of its yellow card tuna exports status this month.

The EU market-- the world’s leading recipient of tuna, has stringent rules on processing ensuring safety for consumers, and sourcing rules to ensure fish were caught in compliance with fishing rules and reporting processes. The EU market is the largest recipient of PNG’s tuna, valued at around 140mUSD annually.