Challenges, opportunities in regional fisheries top informal Ministerial agenda

9 Mar, 2017 FFA HQ Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDSPacific Ministers of Fisheries are in Honiara this week discussing opportunities and challenges for strategic fisheries cooperation. 
High-level national and regional briefing sessions with their regional secretariat are covering specific in-country issues they wish to raise, with two days on the 9th and 10th of March allocated for informal discussions around a range of topics involved in regional fisheries management. 
All topics are linked to the Future of Fisheries Roadmap, which itself was the outcome of similar consultative engagement and ongoing discussion by all Forum members. 
“We’ve proposed a broad list of agenda items but the informal nature of these discussions mean we are more in consultative, responsive and proactive mode to workshop whatever issues our Ministers wish to raise. We have found that this kind of exercise offers a great way for Ministers to enjoy free and frank exchanges with each other,” says FFA Director General, James Movick.
 Outcomes of the informal Ministerial may shape a more formal agenda and strategic directions as required from the Secretariat, moving towards the Forum Fisheries Committee meeting in May and the Ministerial in Australia, in July. -ENDS 
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future. Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA's 17 Pacific Island members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  Since 1979, FFA has facilitated regional cooperation so that all Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable use of tuna – a multi-billion dollar resource important for many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific.