Region’s biggest maritime surveillance operation acts to stop illegal fishing

FFA REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, FRIDAY 21 AUGUST 2009: Operation Kurukuru 2009, 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 FFA over 10 days.

Operation Kurukuru 2009 resulted in 21 boardings of vessels, levying of a $10,000 fine and 3 apprehensions of vessels which were escorted to port for further investigation. In Tuvalu, 1 vessel was fined USD $10,000 for misreporting of fishing catch. The 4 aircraft involved in the operation flew a total of 85 hours and covered approximately 800,000 square nautical miles.

Scientists discuss tuna stocks at WCPFC subcommittee meeting in Vanuatu

PORT VILA, VANUATU, 10-21 AUGUST 2009:  At the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Scientific Committee, scientists are discussing the state of tuna and other migratory fish stocks and associated fisheries issues.

Central to the discussions in the meeting of scientists will be a scientific evaluation of the effects of the new WCPFC Conservation and Management Measure on bigeye and yellowfin tuna, which was agreed to in December.  This measure includes a phased-in reduction of long line fishing, a phased in ban on fish aggregating devices (FADs) for 3 months of the year and the closure of two high seas pockets to stop overfishing of bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna. Many of these measures were previously adopted by a group of FFA Members that are Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).

FFA participates in Pacific Islands News Association Convention in Vanuatu

PORT VILA, VANUATU, 25-30 July 2009: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has been raising awareness of fisheries issues with media attending the conference. At a pre-conference workshop, FFA presented an overview of fisheries including fisheries management, development and control of illegal fishing and the important role of DEVFISH ( and the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project ( in providing assistance to Pacific Island countries.

FFA also took journalists on a visit to a local tuna processing plant, to demonstrate how the Vanuatu Government is working with industry, and FFA assistance and advice, to increase local jobs and profits from tuna fishing which was covered by Vanuatu television and radio (see

Fisheries development in Vanuatu recieves boost

PORT VILA, VANUATU, 25 JULY 2009: A new 2-Minute Brief, released today at the Pacific Islands News Association Convention, explains the Vanuatu Government and FFA's work to increase domestic development, particularly tuna processing and trade, in Vanuatu. 

Historically, in Pacific Islands like Vanuatu, the main source of economic gains from tuna was to licence foreign fishing nations to fish in their waters, however recent innovations and strategic thinking has encouraged many Pacific Island nations to look at increasing domestic development through encouraging local investment and more local jobs.

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Volume 2: Issue 7 July 2009

By Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice[1]



Tuna decision making processes explained

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 20 JULY 2009: Ever wondered how countries negotiate the rules on tuna fishing? How international decisions between the Pacific Islands and the world’s biggest fishing countries are made? What is the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)? Who are its members and what it has done so far? How the WCPFC seeks to control fishing and illegal fishing?

FFA Trade News June 2009

Volume 2: Issue 6        June 2009

This issue includes articles on the PNA, onshore processing investments in PICS, Mexico-US tuna dolphin issues and trade, labour rights, the impact of piracy on Western Indian Ocean tuna fisheries and exporting tuna to China.








Volume 2: Issue 6        June 2009

By Elizabeth Havice and Liam Campling[1]


Officers learn about monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 29 JUNE 2009: Fisheries and compliance officers from Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu are in Honiara this week to learn more about monitoring, control and surveillance of illegal fishing.

The Week 5 FFA Component of the National Fisheries Officers’ Surveillance Course opened today in Honiara at the FFA Conference Centre. This is the final week in the 5-week course, the rest of the course being conducted by AMC Search Ltd in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

The Course is an annual event funded by the Australian Department of Defence and facilitated by staff of the Australian Maritime College and the FFA. The course is aimed at developing expertise and capacity of national officers responsible for monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing in the region.

WCPFC Subregional Workshops

FFA is coordinating subregional workshops so that all its 17 members have information and informal discussions to prepare for their participation in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and at its next meeting in December in French Polynesia. The workshops are an important part of FFA’s ongoing efforts to increase national capacity and strengthen regional solidarity so that member countries can manage their fisheries for the benefit of people today and for future generations.

This year there will be 2 subregional workshops:
Group 1 – Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Indonesia and Philippines
15-19 June 2009, FFA Conference Centre, Honiara

Group 2 – Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu
13-17 July 2009, Hexagon Hotel, Nadi, Fiji