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Cook Islands, Palau lead momentum for regional fisheries surveillance

 FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS--A milestone treaty for cooperation on regional fisheries surveillance against illegal fishers is set to take on new strength in 2014. The Cook Islands this month ratified the Agreement on Strengthening Implementation of the Niue Treaty on Cooperation in Fisheries Surveillance and Law Enforcement in the South Pacific, also known as the NTSA. Palau was the first signatory to ratify the agreement, on March 12.

FFA in Canberra on Tuna, development talks

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. -- Emerging regional priorities and challenges for Pacific Tuna fisheries form the core focus of talks in Canberra this week for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, Director-General James Movick and his Deputy, Wez Norris.Their schedule includes meetings with Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Senator Richard Colbeck, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason. As Parliamentary Secretaries, both Senators play an influential information and advisory role to Australia's government Ministers holding these portfolios.
"The Canberra talks will cover funding and technical partnerships between Australia and the FFA, with an eye on the future," says Movick.

Fisheries meet eyes better monitoring, control, surveillance for Pacific

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. –Fisheries officials from all 17 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, are in Honiara this week turning the spotlight on the work they do to monitor, control and keep watch over offshore fishing.

Rai Balang maritime sweep nets illegal fishers in North Pacific

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – The annual Rai Balang maritime surveillance sweep focussed in the North Pacific had some record results as it wound down its ten-day operation for 2014 late Friday. The administrative seizure and torching of fishing tenders and gear, citations for six fishing vessels, and boardings by inspectors of  69 fishing vessels across the Micronesian region has sent a clear message to vessels in Pacific waters fishing in breach of their license agreements, or without a licence: you will be caught.

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS Volume 7: Issue 1 January-February 2014

By Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice[1]

CONTENTS

Editorial Note, FFA Director General James Movick

Trade and industry intelligence key to Pacific fisheries management

Preferential Trade Agreements

EU Loins Quota for 2014 exhausted in ten days

Fisheries Development

Update on South Pacific Albacore crisis

Western Indian Ocean: piracy declines, fishing capacity returns

Fisheries Management

EU-Pacific relations over VDS remain tense

New rules to increase US longline bigeye catch limits

European Parliament study on FAD use in global tuna fisheries

Tuna Industry

Legal scrutiny of Korean tuna giant Dongwon raises questions for US Treaty and ISSF