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FFA Operation Tui Moana 2014 continues vigilance over Fishing in Pacific

Monday 26 May 2014, FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. —Another comprehensive maritime surveillance operation wound up its annual phase for 2014 on the weekend, with Operation Tui Moana ending a ten-day operation on Friday evening.
TUI MOANA 2014 (OPTM14) stretched from 14-23 May across the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and high seas of Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Tokelau and Tuvalu. Opportunities also arose throughout the operation to extend coverage into the EEZs of Kiribati (Phoenix), Australian, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna and French Polynesia with their cooperation.
Coordination and planning of Tui Moana involved patrol boats, aerial and national HQ surveillance of more than 2m square kilometres of ocean, and months of networking led by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre (RFSC) staff.

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS Volume 7: Issue 2 March-April 2014


Volume 7: Issue 2 March-April 2014

By Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice and Mike McCoy[1]


Preferential Trade Agreements

Is the EU-PACP clash over global sourcing rules of origin for fish ‘fillets’ necessary?  

European Parliament calls for canned tuna to be excluded from EU-Thai FTA

Fisheries Development

Annual PNA meeting focuses on plummeting skipjack prices and VDS

Fisheries Management

Balancing capacity management with coastal state development

IPCC report: Global oceans face bleak future

Tuna Industry

New report summarises impacts of American Samoa minimum wage increases as Tri Marine investment moves forward

May 2 World Tuna Day- FFA takes stock of progress

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – May 2 is World Tuna Day, and provides an opportunity to celebrate some of the achievements of Pacific Island Countries, who own a large part of the world’s resources of these fish. In the three years since the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) declared World Tuna Day in 2011, there have been some great outcomes in fisheries across the region. Many of these stem from support provided by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to its members. 

There are more jobs in Pacific fisheries. Information collected recently shows that the number of people with full-time jobs in fisheries has now reached a new high of over 16,000. Between 2010 and 2013 over 2,000 new jobs were created in tuna processing (many of them for women), and more than 400 as fishing crew. Under its investment facilitation programme, FFA is helping member countries build their domestic industries.

Solomon's Fisheries training takes a close up look at Tuna industry

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS.More than 30 Solomon Islands Fisheries officials and tuna industry managers spent last week in Noro, Western Province, getting into the details of the country’s tuna industry. They put theory into practice while looking at national and global standards for tuna Catch Certification compliance guidelines and protocols.

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.