Media Releases

Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister gets inside view of Pacific Fisheries surveillance

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. — FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. —An inside look at Pacific regionalism in Tuna Fisheries has been showcased to Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop during her stopover in the Solomon Islands this week.
Minister Bishop who was in the Solomon Islands for a day, led a Parliamentary delegation to the FFA headquarters in Honiara, which hosts a high-tech Regional Fisheries Surveillance ‘nerve’ centre keeping tabs on all fishing vessels in the Pacific region. She was welcomed to FFA and taken through a presentation on the work done by the regional surveillance centre by FFA Director General James Movick, Deputy Director General Wez Norris, and FFA RSFC team leader, Commander Mike Pounder.

FFA says it will build on gains made from Cairns summit as Samoa prepares to host WCPFC 2014

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS –The Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, is preparing a work program aimed at ensuring its 17 member nations stay on top of the gains made at this month’s Cairns Tuna summit.
Despite a mixed bag of results for a range of draft measures tabled by the Pacific, including frustration and disappointment over a watered-down CMM on Tropical Tuna, in the list of measures confirmed this week in a circular from the Tuna Commission, there were some wins for the Pacific.  These included the adoption of two new Conservation and Management Measures (CMMs). They aim to ensure the Commission enacts its responsibilities to Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and territories, and how to account for the impact of disproportionate burden.

SIDS focus, new tuna measures high on agenda as FFA heads to annual Tuna Commission meet

Cairns, AUSTRALIA. — A Pacific call for the Tuna Commission to get back to its founding promises has formed a strong part of a high-level Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency meeting in Australia this week. In the build up to next week’s annual WCPFC Tuna Commission event, the FFA governing council of 17 Pacific Island states and territories has resolved to renew efforts to ensure the WCPFC’s founding commitments to Small Islands Developing States and sustainable management of Tuna stocks are met.
The 88th   session of the Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC 88) ended a five-day meeting at the Rydges Hotel Conference Centre in Cairns, Australia, yesterday. More discussions will take place this weekend in preparation for the 10th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC 10) meeting, at the Cairns Conference Centre from 2-6 December.

Pacific officials step up Fisheries negotiation skills

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS – Pacific officials met in Australia this week to hone their negotiations skills, ahead of key tuna fisheries meetings next weekend.

The international fisheries negotiation training is an annual two-phase project initiated by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, in 2012. The delivery arm of the training is the Australia National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security. The ANCORS is part of the University of Woollongong.

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS Volume 6: Issue 5 September-October 2013


Volume 6: Issue 5 September-October 2013

By Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice[1]


Special Feature

Pacific Tuna Forum 2013

Preferential Trade Agreements

Pacific EPA collapses under weight of fisheries issues? 

Thai-EU FTA may erode Pacific tuna trade preference 

Ecuador GSP+ status set to continue in 2014

Fisheries Development

PNG tuna workers unionise

Fisheries Management

FFA receives award for improving regional fisheries management 

WCPFC members struggle with a measure for tropical tunas for 2014-2017

Tuna Markets

New investments for trading company Tri Marine