Media Releases

Japan sets the example for distant water fishing nations in Pacific: FFA

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – Partnership, consultation and support between the Japan Fisheries agency and the FFA continue to set a positive example to other distant water fishing nations that have vessels licensed to fish in Pacific waters. A just-ended Japan Fisheries-FFA consultation at the FFA’s Honiara-based headquarters provided room for open sharing on key issues and helped clarify new developments around vessel registration, licensing and monitoring in the Western and Central Pacific Fishery, which includes the EEZs of FFA members.  

Travelling Tuna to take sustainable fisheries management to UN-SIDS

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – A creative collaboration between the University of the South Pacific, USP and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, will soon be leaving its public space at the Maritime gallery of the Fiji Museum, and head for the upcoming UN SIDS meeting in Samoa.
The “Tuna” artwork was put together by six artists from the USP’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, and launched on May 9 as part of FFA’s EU Day commemorations. The FFA is lead agency working with SPC on a multi-million dollar fisheries development project funded by the European Union, called DEVFISH II. The project aims to grow sustainable tuna industries in the Pacific and effectively combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.  

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS Volume 7: Issue 3 May-June 2014

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS   Volume 7: Issue 3 May-June 2014

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


Special Feature

Infofish Tuna 2014

Preferential Trade Agreements

Can the Philippines meet EU GSP+ labour standards?

Fisheries Regulation

UK media and US government highlight slavery in Thai seafood industry

PNG and the Philippines face fisheries export ban to EU

Fisheries Development

PNA Ministers raise fishing day benchmark price, content with VDS complexities

Fisheries Management

‘Our Ocean’ brings science and policy leaders together

Tuna Price Trends


Tokelau steps up to host Fisheries Ministerial

-Future of Pacific Fisheries tops busy agenda.

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.