DEVFISH II project of EU funded $10 million USD underway to develop fisheries in Pacific Islands

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 14 MARCH 2011: The European Union (EU), Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have commenced the DEVFISH II project to provide national and regional assistance to Pacific Island fisheries.

WCPFC Area Catch Value Estimates


The report aims to provide estimates of the value of catches of the four main commercial species caught in the Western and Central Paciffic Fisheireies Commission (WCPFC) Convention Area, that is, albacore (Thunnus alalunga), bigeye (Thunnus obesus), skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) and yellowfin (Thunnus albacares). The report also provides catch data provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and prices obtained from a range of sources (provided below) on which the estimated values are based. 

DEVFISH Project Closure Meeting

The DEVFISH Project Closure Meeting, held 23-24 November, Nadi, Fiji celebrated the achievements of the project, funded by the European Union, and discussed current industry and fisheries development priorities for any future potential assistance from implementing agencies Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

DEVFISH creates economic benefits for Pacific Islands

NADI, FIJI, MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER: As the Steering Committee for DEVFISH met today, a publication was launched profiling achievements of the
project. The Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific ACP Countries Project (DEVFISH) is a European Union funded regional project, which encourages and guides governments to make policy changes that can make it easier for local Pacific fishing industries to grow and profit.

DEVFISH, implemented by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Secretariat for Pacific Community (SPC), supports fisheries
development to increase income, jobs and food security from fishing for Pacific Islanders. While in the past, Pacific Islands have relied on foreign fishing access fees for income. For example, Pacific Island countries catch just $600 million worth of tuna from its fisheries while foreign nations fishing in the same waters catch over $2 billion.

FFA supports development of pole and line fishing in PNG and Solomon Islands through DEVFISH

PACIFIC TUNA FORUM, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 2-3 SEPTEMBER 2009: FFA’s assistance to PNG and Solomon Islands to help them establish new pole and line fishing ventures is being profiled by the Pacific Tuna Forum today and tomorrow.

FFA Fisheries Development Adviser Robert Stone today presented information about the assistance to a workshop on pole and line fishing, which is being marketed as sustainable fishing to European and British supermarkets. Pole and line fishing is also an industry that creates local employment, on average 10 boats employing 25 crew each catch the same amount of tuna as one purse seiner employing around 12 people.

In Papua New Guinea, FFA, through the EU-funded DEVFISH project, provided a pilot study into the establishment of pole and line fishing including needs such as establishing supplies of bait, infrastructure and processing and marketing opportunities for New Ireland Province.

FFA participates in Pacific Islands News Association Convention in Vanuatu

PORT VILA, VANUATU, 25-30 July 2009: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has been raising awareness of fisheries issues with media attending the conference. At a pre-conference workshop, FFA presented an overview of fisheries including fisheries management, development and control of illegal fishing and the important role of DEVFISH ( and the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project ( in providing assistance to Pacific Island countries.

FFA also took journalists on a visit to a local tuna processing plant, to demonstrate how the Vanuatu Government is working with industry, and FFA assistance and advice, to increase local jobs and profits from tuna fishing which was covered by Vanuatu television and radio (see

Fisheries development in Vanuatu recieves boost

PORT VILA, VANUATU, 25 JULY 2009: A new 2-Minute Brief, released today at the Pacific Islands News Association Convention, explains the Vanuatu Government and FFA's work to increase domestic development, particularly tuna processing and trade, in Vanuatu. 

Historically, in Pacific Islands like Vanuatu, the main source of economic gains from tuna was to licence foreign fishing nations to fish in their waters, however recent innovations and strategic thinking has encouraged many Pacific Island nations to look at increasing domestic development through encouraging local investment and more local jobs.

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