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

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

FFA REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2012

Operation Kurukuru 2012, a coordinated maritime surveillance operation in which countries cooperate to detect activities such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, smuggling and people trafficking, was hosted by the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) over the last two weeks.

Operation Kurukuru 2012 resulted in 323 vessels sighted and 206 vessel boarded and inspected, more than twice as many as were conducted during the same operation in 2011. These efforts resulted in 27 infringements, some of which are now the subject of ongoing investigations. The 5 aircraft involved in the operation flew a total of over 80 hours, surveying the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of many of the Pacific Island Countries as well as adjacent high seas areas.

FFA Press Release: Tonga Fisheries Minister Visits FFA 14-16 November 2012

FFA Press Release: Tonga Fisheries Minister Visits FFA 14-16 November 2012

Director-General, James Movick and Tonga Fisheries Minister, Hon. Sangster Saulala during the Ministerial Visit to the FFA


The Forum Fisheries Agency hosted an official visit on 15-16 November 2012 by the Honourable Sangster Saulala, Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forestry & Fisheries of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga and the current Chair of Ministerial Forum Fisheries Committee. The Minister’s visit to FFA began with an overview of FFA and presentations from the FFA’s four divisions (Development, Management, Operations and Corporate Services) and Legal Services. This was then followed by tour of the Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre, the coordinating hub of fisheries monitoring control and surveillance for the region.

FFA Press Release: Palau signs Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement

FFA Press Release: Palau signs Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement

Palau signs Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement

9 November 2012

The Republic of Palau became the first member of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to sign the Agreement on Strengthening Implementation of the Niue Treaty on Cooperation in Fisheries Surveillance and Law Enforcement in the Pacific Region (the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement) when the Director of the Palau Bureau of Oceanic Fishery Management, Ms. Nannette Malsol, signed the Agreement at the FFA Headquarters in Honiara today.

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Tuvalu EOI Advert

The Government of Tuvalu is calling for Expressions of Interest (EoI) from qualified
development partners for the re-activation of a tuna long line shore base and processing
facility in Funafuti, Tuvalu, known as NAFICOT & other fisheries-related opportunities. The
facility would process and ship long line caught tuna harvested in the Exclusive Economic
Zone (EEZ) of Tuvalu, and in the waters of adjacent countries.

 

Please refer to the attachment below for more information.

Solomons EOI Advert

The Government of the Solomon Islands is calling for Expressions of Interest (EoI) from
qualified development partners for the establishment of a tuna processing facility in the
Solomon Islands at a site known as Tenaru. The facility would process tuna harvested in the
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Solomon Islands, and in the waters of adjacent
countries.

Please refer to the attachment below for more information.

FFA Annual Reports

Refer to the attachments for the FFA Annual Reports.

Statement of Intent

Click on the attachment to access the Statement of Intent for the fiscal year.

Monitoring, Control, Surveillance Working Group Meeting Papers

Click on the different links to access the MCS Working Group Meeting Papers.

- 17th MCSWG

16th MCSWG

- 15th MCSWG

- 14th MCSWG