DEVFISH II project of EU funded $10 million USD underway to develop fisheries in Pacific Islands

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 14 MARCH 2011: The European Union (EU), Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have commenced the DEVFISH II project to provide national and regional assistance to Pacific Island fisheries.

Report from visits from Australia, Fiji, Kiribati to FFA last week

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 7-10 MARCH 2011: High level delegations from member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) - Australia, Fiji and Kiribati - visited the regional headquarters of the agency last week to tour the Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre and to discuss key fisheries issues.

In a formal high-level visit to FFA, Kiribati Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resource Development, the Hon. Peter Taberranang Timeon, accompanied by the Kiribati Permanent Secretary and a policy officer.

Kiribati has the largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ or national waters) of all the FFA member countries - a massive area of 3,550,000 square kilometres - posing a significant development opportunity and surveillance challenge for the small island developing state.