FFA regional op nets three vessels- sharing of info key to fight IUU fishing, says Movick

FFA HQ, Honiara, Thursday 28 August 2014Legal investigations are underway in Kiribati and Papua New Guinea with three vessels now potentially facing charges linked to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The vessels caught the attention of maritime authorities during the regional surveillance and enforcement Operation Island Chief across the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of PNG, Palau, FSM, RMI, Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Smallest FFA member to grow SIDS voice at PIFS table

Wed 6 Aug 2014, FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDSTokelau's admission to associate membership of the Pacific Islands Forum is a welcome milestone that will boost oceans and fisheries issues in the region’s peak policy body.
Forum leaders made the decision to elevate Tokelau's Observer status to that of Associate Member during their retreat in Palau last week.

Regional fisheries agency congratulates new Forum SG, looks to continued strong PIFS-FFA partnership

45th PIFS, Koror, Palau, Friday 1 August.The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA has congratulated the incoming Secretary General to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Dame Meg Taylor, and honoured the contribution and leadership of outgoing SG, Tuiloma Neroni Slade. The outgoing SG ends a six-year term as he coordinates his final annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders summit today in Koror, Palau.

FFA applauds Fisheries funding boost at 45th Pacific Leaders Forum-- Movick: Australia, NZ funding affirms "key regional priority".

45th PIFLS, Koror, Palau, Friday 1 August.Multi-million dollar funding announcements from Australia and New Zealand at the 45th Forum Leaders’ summit this week for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA and fisheries work in the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, SPC are a ‘strong affirmation’ for fisheries management, economic growth and regional development.

Pacific Forum leaders bring major Fisheries treaty into force: Next step implementation, says FFA.

 PIFS Leaders Summit 2014, Koror, Palau --Four years ago they tasked the Forum Fisheries Agency with enhancing cooperation in fisheries surveillance and law enforcement against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. Today, Pacific Forum leaders celebrated the entry into force of a one-stop multilateral text aimed at achieving that—the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement, or NTSA.  Forum leaders witnessed the handover today by leaders from Samoa and Vanuatu of their instruments of ratification to the NTSA.

Japan sets the example for distant water fishing nations in Pacific: FFA

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – Partnership, consultation and support between the Japan Fisheries agency and the FFA continue to set a positive example to other distant water fishing nations that have vessels licensed to fish in Pacific waters. A just-ended Japan Fisheries-FFA consultation at the FFA’s Honiara-based headquarters provided room for open sharing on key issues and helped clarify new developments around vessel registration, licensing and monitoring in the Western and Central Pacific Fishery, which includes the EEZs of FFA members.

Travelling Tuna to take sustainable fisheries management to UN-SIDS

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – A creative collaboration between the University of the South Pacific, USP and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, will soon be leaving its public space at the Maritime gallery of the Fiji Museum, and head for the upcoming UN SIDS meeting in Samoa.