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FFA,USP team up to train regional tuna 'detectives'

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. --Fisheries inspectors, investigators and enforcement officers from across the Pacific head home from Suva this weekend, after spending almost a month honing their ‘investigative’ skills to help detect fisheries offences.

The fifth Pacific Islands Fisheries Evidence and Investigation Training Course, FETIC ends today at the University of the South Pacific’s School of Maritime Studies. Participants followed through on lecture sessions with practical exercises to apply their new knowledge in a range of ways. In final sessions, they held ‘Moot’ Court hearings to help them understand the importance of proper evidence gathering, and earlier in the course had participated in boarding and inspections of fishing vessels in Suva Harbour. Former participants of the FETIC, now employed with the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests of Fiji, coordinated the boardings.

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS Volume 6: Issue 6 November-December 2013


Volume 6: Issue 6 November-December 2013

Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice[1]


World Trade Organisation

WTO-deal in Bali 

US to strengthen dolphin-safe tuna rules to comply with WTO ruling

Fisheries Regulation

EU bans fisheries imports from Belize, Guinea & Cambodia   

Greenpeace exposes global tuna longline fisheries failures

Fisheries Development

Global Partnership for Oceans advised on investment selection criteria

Fisheries Management 

WCPFC10 Outcomes

Pacific bluefin stock assessment raises alarm bells

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.