FFA clarifies Kiribati US-Treaty decision

FFA HQ, Honiara, Wednesday 14 October 2014. –The regional Fisheries agency leading the just-ended annual fisheries negotiations with the US has clarified that Kiribati’s cuts to fishing days for US purse seiners in its waters was part of the negotiated deal.
Contrary to news headlines in recent days reporting widespread ‘shock’ at the news and ‘shattered regionalism’ for Pacific Fisheries, the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency Deputy Director-General Wez Norris  says Kiribati made its revised position clear in plenary sessions during the negotiations in Honolulu earlier this month.

Pacific strikes US90m Tuna deal for US Treaty in 2015, FFA applauds Pacific negotiations

FFA HQ, Honiara, Tuesday 7th October 2014— An historic agreement was reached at the negotiation session between the Governments of the 17 FFA members and the United States of America this week in Honolulu.  The deal, struck in the dying minutes of a three-day negotiation session, provides for US flagged purse seine vessels to fish 8,300 days in the region in 2015 in return for a payment of USD 90 million made up by industry and US-Government contributions.