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.

FFA,USP team up to train regional tuna 'detectives'

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. --Fisheries inspectors, investigators and enforcement officers from across the Pacific head home from Suva this weekend, after spending almost a month honing their ‘investigative’ skills to help detect fisheries offences.

SIDS focus, new tuna measures high on agenda as FFA heads to annual Tuna Commission meet

Cairns, AUSTRALIA. — A Pacific call for the Tuna Commission to get back to its founding promises has formed a strong part of a high-level Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency meeting in Australia this week. In the build up to next week’s annual WCPFC Tuna Commission event, the FFA governing council of 17 Pacific Island states and territories has resolved to renew efforts to ensure the WCPFC’s founding commitments to Small Islands Developing States and sustainable management of Tuna stocks are met.

Pacific officials step up Fisheries negotiation skills

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS – Pacific officials met in Australia this week to hone their negotiations skills, ahead of key tuna fisheries meetings next weekend.

The international fisheries negotiation training is an annual two-phase project initiated by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, in 2012. The delivery arm of the training is the Australia National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security. The ANCORS is part of the University of Woollongong.