Smiles for US Treaty as Pacific reaches six-year deal: Major breakthrough for Pacific Islands Parties, US

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS (Monday 27th June 2016)—18 negotiation meetings over the last seven years governing the world’s largest multilateral tuna fisheries deal have finally ended over the weekend with this news: the US Treaty has survived.

The access and aid envelope for Pacific Forum Fisheries members, which started life 28 years ago as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, had been going through increasingly difficult negotiations and interim agreements since the last multi-year agreement ended in 2012.

Regional Foreign Affairs, Law Enforcement, Finance and Fisheries complete Leaders’ mandated review of regional MCS arrangements

Monday 20 June 2016, FFA HQ, Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS-- A blend of Foreign Affairs, Law Enforcement, Finance and Fisheries Ministers from nine Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries member nations are leaving Honiara this weekend expressing their overall satisfaction with the status of regional systems for monitoring, control and surveillance and with an active interest in the impact of Fisheries on their own portfolios.

World Oceans Day 2016: FFA Statement

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. - Today June 8, tens of thousands of people involved in hundreds of events worldwide will mark World Oceans Day.

Initiated by the United Nations since 2008 as a day to celebrate, reflect and renew actions upholding the link between Healthy Oceans to a Healthy Planet, nowhere is this more understood and felt than in the worlds ‘blue continent’ where our 17 nations of the Forum Fisheries Agency lead management and conservation measures over the worlds tuna-rich fisheries.

Providing Decent Employment for Pacific Fishers: FFA/ILO Brochure

Increasing employment in the fisheries sector is a key goal set by Pacific Forum Leaders in 2015, via the Future of Fisheries Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries and Report Cards. The Roadmap identifies seven clear goals for oceanic and coastal fisheries which member states have committed to achieve over the next ten years. Among them is the important


FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS, Thurs 2 May-- ‪#‎Vanuatu‬'s Fisheries Regulations will come in for a closer look for FFA's latest Legal intern, Felix Toa Ngwango. (See attached image, Second from left, with FFA's Legal team Pole Atinraoi-Reim (left), Tion Nabau, and Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen (right).

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.