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Pacific Tuna talks intensify ahead of annual Tuna Commission meet.

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS, Friday 01 November 2013Member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) today completed a week of intensive meetings ahead of key negotiations for Pacific Fisheries this December.

The 87th Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) met at the FFA Conference Centre in Honiara, following four days of intense discussions during the 9th Management Options Consultation and the 15th meeting of the Scientific Committee on South Pacific Tuna and Billfish. These events help FFA members prepare for the 10th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting, from 1-6 December in Cairns, Australia.

National participation key to success of fisheries surveillance operation: Kurukuru 2013 ends

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS, Friday 18th October 2013 – National surveillance efforts remain the key to the success of the region’s largest annual sweep of fishing vessels in Pacific waters. That’s been the major finding of Operation Kurukuru 2013, which this evening completed its tenth and final day since its launch on October 8th.  

Operation Kurukuru 2013 resulted in a record 1042 vessels being sighted, 111 boardings, and one infringement so far, while others are pending ongoing investigation. 

12 national Pacific class Patrol Boats, five military aircraft, and the 17 member countries of the FFA were involved in Operation Kurukuru 2013. The aircraft flew a total of 71hours and together with the patrol boats covered an area of 1,130,000 sq. nautical miles surveying the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of many of the Pacific Island Countries as well as adjacent high seas areas.

FFA signs partnership agreement with NZ development org

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. — A boost in numbers of New Zealand development volunteers supporting Pacific fisheries is to follow the launch of a new regional partnership between the New Zealand Volunteer Services’ Abroad (VSA) program, the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The partnership begins with VSA professional, Nicholas Hay, taking up a post in Nauru’s Marine Resources ministry later this month. Hay will be based at FFA HQ in Honiara for induction briefings before he heads to his 18 month-stint in Nauru. Other NZ volunteers will follow Hay, a Coastal Fisheries Scientist, as FFA member countries work with the agency to identify areas in their national fisheries where the experience and skills of VSA professionals are required.

Regional fisheries surveillance cooperation continues with Operation Bigeye 2013

 FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS Pacific analysts and national fisheries officers are noting stronger levels of cooperation and data collation, following on from the   annual ‘Operation Bigeye 2013’ regional surveillance swoop on fishing vessels in Pacific waters. 

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS Volume 6: Issue 4 July-August 2013

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS  Volume 6: Issue 4   July-August 2013
By Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice[1]
Preferential Trade Agreements
Philippines tuna industry set to gain from EU GSP reform 
Fisheries Regulation
EU makes first use of sustainable fisheries trade sanctions 
OPRT pushes for reduction in WCPO fishing capacity
Fisheries Development
Greenpeace report promotes small-scale tuna fisheries in Pacific islands 
China expands distant water fisheries 
EU fishery strategy for the Pacific proposed at European Parliament 
Tuna Markets
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