Pacific Observer data- driving the science, underpinning enforcement in Tuna fisheries

Monday 30th May 2016, FFA HQ-Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS --They are the front-line of fisheries management and the back-row when it comes to visibility, but almost 760 Pacific Tuna Fisheries Observers are likely the most valuable 'phantoms' representing our eyes on the region's multi-billion dollar resource-- tuna. They can spend months at a stretch stationed on purse seiners or long lining vessels, observing, noting, recording, and reporting back to base all that they have seen when it comes to the rules for fishing in Pacific EEZs.

Information focus for FSM Coastal, Offshore fisheries summit

Tuesday 17th May, Pohnpei, FSM-- The latest updates on the current state and future direction of Fisheries in the Federated States of Micronesia will be shared in a national fisheries summit from 17-20th May led by its Oceanic and Coastal Fisheries arms, NORMA and Department of Resources and Development.

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS Volume 9: Issue 2 March-April 2016

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS  Volume 9: Issue 2March-April 2016

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



Special Feature:  Legal Actions Related to US Regulation, Management and Industry 

US-Mexico tuna-dolphin debate continues

Canada protests US IUU rule

US closes a loophole of seafood produced through forced labour

Class action cases on under-filled cans multiply

Fisheries Regulation

Vanuatu Minister at FFC98 in Port Vila: Fisheries management must ensure sustainability, maximum benefits of tuna resources.

The text below provides the core statement of the Hon. Matai Seremaiah, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries & Biosecurity, as he opened the 98th session of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee, in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
All 15 member countries of the FFA are here in Port Vila for the FFC98 which ends this Friday.


May I first of all, on behalf of the Government and people of Vanuatu, say Warm greetings and welcome to Port Vila.

Vanuatu gears up to host 98th Forum Fisheries Meeting

1 May 2016, Port Vila, VANUATU – Pacific nations including Australia, New Zealand, and the 15 developing members of the regional Fisheries organisation, the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, are in Port Vila this week and next week for the annual committee meeting of Forum Fisheries officials beginning this week for the Pre-FFC meetings at the VNPF House in preparation for formal FFC meeting to be held at Irririki Resort from 9 to 13 May 2016.

Pacific nations, Forum Fisheries at new High Seas treaty talks




Thursday 7 April 2016, FFA HQ SOLOMON ISLANDS Pacific Small Islands Developing States are in New York closing off the first of four UN meetings over the next two years aimed at delivering a new Implementing Agreement under the framework of the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention, to govern conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Tuna IUU report recognises progress, challenges for countries

 16 Mar, FFA HQ SOLOMON ISLANDS The newly announced US 616m value to annual losses from Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated activity in the Pacific tuna fishery should provide “renewed impetus for Pacific countries to step up what they are already doing well, and embrace solutions to help in areas where action is required,” says the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director General James Movick. (pictured)