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.

May 2 World Tuna Day- FFA takes stock of progress

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – May 2 is World Tuna Day, and provides an opportunity to celebrate some of the achievements of Pacific Island Countries, who own a large part of the world’s resources of these fish. In the three years since the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) declared World Tuna Day in 2011, there have been some great outcomes in fisheries across the region. Many of these stem from support provided by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to its members. 

Solomon's Fisheries training takes a close up look at Tuna industry

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS.More than 30 Solomon Islands Fisheries officials and tuna industry managers spent last week in Noro, Western Province, getting into the details of the country’s tuna industry. They put theory into practice while looking at national and global standards for tuna Catch Certification compliance guidelines and protocols.

Cook Islands, Palau lead momentum for regional fisheries surveillance

 FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS--A milestone treaty for cooperation on regional fisheries surveillance against illegal fishers is set to take on new strength in 2014. The Cook Islands this month ratified the Agreement on Strengthening Implementation of the Niue Treaty on Cooperation in Fisheries Surveillance and Law Enforcement in the South Pacific, also known as the NTSA. Palau was the first signatory to ratify the agreement, on March 12.

FFA in Canberra on Tuna, development talks

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. -- Emerging regional priorities and challenges for Pacific Tuna fisheries form the core focus of talks in Canberra this week for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, Director-General James Movick and his Deputy, Wez Norris.Their schedule includes meetings with Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Senator Richard Colbeck, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason.

Rai Balang maritime sweep nets illegal fishers in North Pacific

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – The annual Rai Balang maritime surveillance sweep focussed in the North Pacific had some record results as it wound down its ten-day operation for 2014 late Friday. The administrative seizure and torching of fishing tenders and gear, citations for six fishing vessels, and boardings by inspectors of  69 fishing vessels across the Micronesian region has sent a clear message to vessels in Pacific waters fishing in breach of their license agreements, or without a licence: you will be caught.

Japan, FFA complete fisheries fund talks in Honiara

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. -- Heads of fisheries from the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu met this week in Honiara with a high-level team from Japan to talk over development funding for regional fisheries. The talks fall under the Japan Promotion Fund (JPF) agreement with the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA.