SIDS focus, new tuna measures high on agenda as FFA heads to annual Tuna Commission meet

Cairns, AUSTRALIA. — A Pacific call for the Tuna Commission to get back to its founding promises has formed a strong part of a high-level Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency meeting in Australia this week. In the build up to next week’s annual WCPFC Tuna Commission event, the FFA governing council of 17 Pacific Island states and territories has resolved to renew efforts to ensure the WCPFC’s founding commitments to Small Islands Developing States and sustainable management of Tuna stocks are met.

Pacific officials step up Fisheries negotiation skills

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS – Pacific officials met in Australia this week to hone their negotiations skills, ahead of key tuna fisheries meetings next weekend.

The international fisheries negotiation training is an annual two-phase project initiated by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, in 2012. The delivery arm of the training is the Australia National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security. The ANCORS is part of the University of Woollongong.

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS Volume 6: Issue 5 September-October 2013


Volume 6: Issue 5 September-October 2013

By Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice[1]


Special Feature

Pacific Tuna Forum 2013

Preferential Trade Agreements

Pacific EPA collapses under weight of fisheries issues? 

Thai-EU FTA may erode Pacific tuna trade preference 

Ecuador GSP+ status set to continue in 2014

National participation key to success of fisheries surveillance operation: Kurukuru 2013 ends

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS, Friday 18th October 2013 – National surveillance efforts remain the key to the success of the region’s largest annual sweep of fishing vessels in Pacific waters. That’s been the major finding of Operation Kurukuru 2013, which this evening completed its tenth and final day since its launch on October 8th.  

Operation Kurukuru 2013 resulted in a record 1042 vessels being sighted, 111 boardings, and one infringement so far, while others are pending ongoing investigation. 

FFA signs partnership agreement with NZ development org

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. — A boost in numbers of New Zealand development volunteers supporting Pacific fisheries is to follow the launch of a new regional partnership between the New Zealand Volunteer Services’ Abroad (VSA) program, the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS Volume 6: Issue 4 July-August 2013

FFA FISHERIES TRADE NEWS  Volume 6: Issue 4   July-August 2013
By Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice[1]
Preferential Trade Agreements
Philippines tuna industry set to gain from EU GSP reform 
Fisheries Regulation
EU makes first use of sustainable fisheries trade sanctions 
OPRT pushes for reduction in WCPO fishing capacity