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Click attachment titles below to read the reports prepared as part of development of the Regional MCS Strategy conducted on 2009 and presented at FFC71. The reports are prepared by consultants and do not neccessarily reflect the views of FFA.

Pacific Islands proposals on sharks and swordfish adopted at WCPFC

PAPEETE, TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA, 10 DECEMBER 2009: Proposals from Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) members on sharks and
swordfish were adopted at the 6th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting today.

Pacific Island countries are the custodians of the last remaining healthy tuna stocks in the world and manage a marine area of 30 million square kilometres, supported with technical advice and services from the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). FFA members participate at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission along with other fishing nations (such as Asian nations, EU and US) to set rules for fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

FFA members finalised a process first begun in 2006 to put in place limits to the catch on swordfish. The WCPFC adopted key amendments proposed by FFA members to the Conservation and Management Measure on Swordfish including:

Pacific Islands act to stop illegal fishing at WCPFC

PAPEETE, TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA, 9 DECEMBER 2009: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) members were successful in tightening controls on illegal fishing at the 6th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting.

Pacific Island countries are the custodians of the last remaining healthy tuna stocks in the world and manage a marine area of 30 million square kilometres, supported with technical support and services from the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). FFA members participate at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission along with other fishing nations (such as Asian nations, EU and US) to set rules for fishing in the Western and Central Pacific
Ocean.

Pacific Islands at Tuna Commission call for tighter controls on fishing

PAPEETE, TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA, 7 DECEMBER 2009: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) members are calling for tighter controls on fishing at the 6th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting which opened today.

 

 Pacific Island countries are the owners of the last remaining healthy tuna stocks in the world and manage a marine area of 30 million square kilometres, supported with technical support and services from the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

Republic of the Marshall Islands hosts successful regional maritime surveillance operation

MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS: The 6th Operation Bigeye, a coordinated maritime surveillance operation in which countries cooperate to detect activities such as illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, smuggling and people trafficking, was hosted by the Marshall Islands during the past two weeks.

Approximately 200 personnel from a variety of Southwest Pacific nations were actively involved in Operation Bigeye which resulted in locating over 500 foreign fishing vessels in the area of operations, 30 of which were considered worthy of further investigation and boarded after further analysis.  Eight Patrols Boats were at sea throughout the operation supported by a US Coastguard C130 Surveillance aircraft. 

Covering an area of 2 million square nautical miles - including the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of Marshall Islands, Kiribati, FSM, Palau, Nauru and PNG – Operation Bigeye 2009 involved surveillance and law enforcement staff from all of these countries work

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2009

 

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS

Volume 2: Issue 10 & 11 October-November 2009

By Elizabeth Havice, Amanda Hamilton and Liam Campling [1]

 

Contents 

Special Feature: The Global Recession and EU- and US-centred seafood value chains


Fisheries Trade-related Regulation

EU releases Implementation Rules and practical guide to IUU Regulation

Fijiís ongoing struggle to regain EU market access

PNA Office established in Marshall Islands


Fisheries Trade and Development

Local Protests over PNGís Pacific Marine Industrial Zone

Greenpeace action in the WCPO

DEVFISH Project Closure Meeting

The DEVFISH Project Closure Meeting, held 23-24 November, Nadi, Fiji celebrated the achievements of the project, funded by the European Union, and discussed current industry and fisheries development priorities for any future potential assistance from implementing agencies Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

DEVFISH creates economic benefits for Pacific Islands

NADI, FIJI, MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER: As the Steering Committee for DEVFISH met today, a publication was launched profiling achievements of the
project. The Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific ACP Countries Project (DEVFISH) is a European Union funded regional project, which encourages and guides governments to make policy changes that can make it easier for local Pacific fishing industries to grow and profit.

DEVFISH, implemented by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Secretariat for Pacific Community (SPC), supports fisheries
development to increase income, jobs and food security from fishing for Pacific Islanders. While in the past, Pacific Islands have relied on foreign fishing access fees for income. For example, Pacific Island countries catch just $600 million worth of tuna from its fisheries while foreign nations fishing in the same waters catch over $2 billion.

Pacific Islands Regional Plan of Action (PI-RPOA) on Sharks launched by FFA, SPC and SPREP

PACIFIC ISLANDS, MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2009: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) today launched the Pacific Islands Regional Plan of Action (PI-RPOA) on Sharks*.
At least 80 species of sharks and rays occur within the Pacific Islands region. Around half of these species are considered to be highly migratory, therefore fishing impacts upon them must be internationally managed. Due to their low productivity and long life span, these species are particularly vulnerable to overexploitation. Sharks and rays are also of cultural significance to many Pacific Island communities.
 

Key fisheries meetings outcomes – Management Options Consultation and Forum Fisheries Committee

NADI, FIJI & HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS OCTOBER 2009: The regional headquarters of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)
hosted 3 key meetings last week – the sixth Management Options Consultation to develop FFA positions for the Western and Central
Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting, the Special Forum Fisheries Committee to approve these decisions as well as deliberate
on other strategic issues.

MANAGEMENT OPTIONS CONSULTATION AND SPECIAL FFC

FFA members participated in the Management Options Consultation where countries work cooperatively to draft proposals and negotiating
positions for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). This meeting, coordinated by FFA, is in part funded by the
Global Environment Facility Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management Project.

These management recommendations were then brought to the 71st Officials Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) for further discussion and