SPC-FFA Joint Media Release--Evidence given by Pacific Island fisheries observers has helped secure judgements against the owners, operators and fishing masters of six tuna purse seiners, with heavy fines imposed – over USD 1.5 million in total.
All of the boats had been accused of fishing on fish aggregating devices (FADs) during the FAD ban in 2009, a measure put in place across the region to reduce catches of small bigeye tuna. Several vessels were also charged with placing FADs during the closure, and setting their nets on whales.
The observers gave evidence in two long-running court cases brought by the US authorities, who enforce regulations on their own fleet fishing in Pacific Island waters, under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS.—The honour of receiving the 2013 Pacific Ocean Commissioners Award has been described as a moment of recognition for regional solidarity by the Forum Fisheries Director General, James Movick.
News of the award came during a keynote statement at an ‘Oceanscape’ event last night in the wings of the current 44th Pacific Forum Leaders meeting this week in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Keynote speaker and Pacific Ocean Commissioner, PIFS Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, made the announcement, noting the evolution of the FFA from its early beginnings in 1979, “in the face of much international scepticism and opposition. FFA is nowadays recognised as a global leader in their work to conserve and optimally manage the living marine resources of the region,” he said.
FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS – An annual Labour Market Survey partnership between the Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, and Solomon Islands business organisations will help the Solomon Islands’ employers to gain insights into how they manage their most important resource -- its people. Included in the cooperative is Sol Tuna, formerly SolTai, the largest fish processing and cannery operation adding value to the fish taken from Solomon waters. Employing more than 1,500 workers in the Western Province and Guadalcanal, Sol Tuna is an industry leader in the Solomon Islands. The company’s Human Resource Manager Caine Kaieti joined more than 55 participants at the 2013 Labour Market Survey event held at the FFA conference centre in partnership with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SICCI.
FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS –Pacific Fisheries officers at the frontline of protecting the region’s fish stocks have just completed a week’s training in Honiara, Solomon Islands, gaining new skills and awareness to support their work.
Fifteen FFA member delegates monitoring fishing vessels in their national exclusive economic zones have developed their understanding of fisheries laws, agreements, and surveillance and information tools. Their training took its cue from the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), tracking fishing vessels in the region via satellite transponders. VMS officers are at the forefront of detecting and deterring IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing.