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. 

12 national Pacific class Patrol Boats, five military aircraft, and the 17 member countries of the FFA were involved in Operation Kurukuru 2013. The aircraft flew a total of 71hours and together with the patrol boats covered an area of 1,130,000 sq. nautical miles surveying the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of many of the Pacific Island Countries as well as adjacent high seas areas.

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).
The partnership begins with VSA professional, Nicholas Hay, taking up a post in Nauru’s Marine Resources ministry later this month. Hay will be based at FFA HQ in Honiara for induction briefings before he heads to his 18 month-stint in Nauru. Other NZ volunteers will follow Hay, a Coastal Fisheries Scientist, as FFA member countries work with the agency to identify areas in their national fisheries where the experience and skills of VSA professionals are required.

Regional fisheries surveillance cooperation continues with Operation Bigeye 2013

 FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS Pacific analysts and national fisheries officers are noting stronger levels of cooperation and data collation, following on from the   annual ‘Operation Bigeye 2013’ regional surveillance swoop on fishing vessels in Pacific waters. 

Pacific Fisheries Observers help crack down on illegal tuna fishing

SPC-FFA Joint Media Release--Evidence given by Pacific Island fisheries observers has helped secure judgements against the owners, operators and fishing masters of six tuna purse seiners, with heavy fines imposed – over USD 1.5 million in total.
All of the boats had been accused of fishing on fish aggregating devices (FADs) during the FAD ban in 2009, a measure put in place across the region to reduce catches of small bigeye tuna. Several vessels were also charged with placing FADs during the closure, and setting their nets on whales.
The observers gave evidence in two long-running court cases brought by the US authorities, who enforce regulations on their own fleet fishing in Pacific Island waters, under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

National efforts, regional solidarity honoured as FFA receives Pacific Ocean Commissioner’s Award 2013

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS.—The honour of receiving the 2013 Pacific Ocean Commissioners Award has been described as a moment of recognition for   regional solidarity by the Forum Fisheries Director General, James Movick.

News of the award came during a keynote statement at an ‘Oceanscape’ event last night in the wings of the current 44th Pacific Forum Leaders meeting this week in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Keynote speaker and Pacific Ocean Commissioner, PIFS Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, made the announcement, noting the evolution of the FFA from its early beginnings in 1979, “in the face of much international scepticism and opposition. FFA is nowadays recognised as a global leader in their work to conserve and optimally manage the living marine resources of the region,” he said. 

FFA assists human resource insights for Sol Tuna, Solomon's business community

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS – An annual Labour Market Survey partnership between the Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, and Solomon Islands business organisations will help the Solomon Islands’ employers to gain insights into how they manage their most important resource -- its people. Included in the cooperative is Sol Tuna, formerly SolTai, the largest fish processing and cannery operation adding value to the fish taken from Solomon waters. Employing more than 1,500 workers in the Western Province and Guadalcanal, Sol Tuna is an industry leader in the Solomon Islands. The company’s Human Resource Manager Caine Kaieti joined more than 55 participants at the 2013 Labour Market Survey event held at the FFA conference centre in partnership with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SICCI.

Pacific fisheries officials step up vessel monitoring skills

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS –Pacific Fisheries officers at the frontline of protecting the region’s fish stocks have just completed a week’s training in Honiara, Solomon Islands, gaining new skills and awareness to support their work.

Fifteen FFA member delegates monitoring fishing vessels in their national exclusive economic zones have developed their understanding of fisheries laws, agreements, and surveillance and information tools. Their training took its cue from the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), tracking fishing vessels in the region via satellite transponders.  VMS officers are at the forefront of detecting and deterring IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing.

Former RMI Attorney General joins Forum Fisheries Agency

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS-- The Attorney General of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Dr Filimon Manoni is moving in late August to Honiara, Solomon Islands, where he joins the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA.

Dr Manoni will be part of the FFA Legal Unit, working with Legal Counsel Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen and fellow Legal Advisers Pio Manoa and Dr William Edeson.

He will be providing legal advice on FFA’s work program, focussing on implementing legal frameworks and an international law program giving legal advice to the Secretariat and FFA Member Countries.

Fisheries Subsidies and incentives provided by the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to its Distant Water Fishing (DWF) Industry

Justin Ilakini, Advisor, Regional Economic Integration, Fisheries Development Division, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency; 


This paper provides information on the type of fisheries subsidies and incentives that the PRC provides to its distant water fishing  industry (DWF) and fisheries sector generally. The paper highlights that it is the official policy stance of the Chinese government to assist in the growth, expansion and modernization of its DWF fleet, and this has been achieved through provision of direct subsidies and  tax incentives as captured in China’s revolving five-year plans and from unofficial sources. 

4th April 2013

Global Development Learning Network Seminar Series

Green Economy in a Blue World Seminar 3

Governing the Remote: Green Growth in Offshore Resources


Oceans and coasts support irreplaceable natural, social, and financial capital. Coastal ecosystems

– such as coral reefs, mangroves, salt marshes, and sea grass beds--are highly productive environments at the interface of land and sea.

They protect coastlines, maintain near-shore water quality, serve as nursery grounds for juvenile fish, support tourism, and also act as

natural carbon sinks. These habitats also protect homes, communities, and businesses from storms, sea level rise and storm surges.

Although less economic analysis has been conducted on offshore ocean environments, vast quantities of fish have been extracted for generations and it is