Monitoring & Surveillance

FFA and WCPFC sign agreement to build WCPFC vessel monitoring system

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) recently signed a Service Level Agreement for FFA to develop a Vessel Monitoring System for the WCPFC, in Busan, Korea. The WCPFC will be the first regional fisheries management organisation to have a Vessel Monitoring System in place, scheduled for 2009.


PHOTO: FFA Director General Su’a N.F. Tanielu and WCPFC Executive Director Andrew Wright (seated) and FFA and WCPFC Staff at the signing ceremony for the Service Level Agreement.

Vital issues for Pacific Islands coming up at Tuna Commission

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2008: With the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting in 2 weeks time, the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) today released a set of 2-Minute Briefs to inform industry, government, media and non-government organisations in the Pacific Islands about relevant meeting agenda items. Taking just 2 minutes to read, the briefs provide a summary of key issues at the WCPFC meeting and how they affect Pacific Island tuna fisheries.

The WCPFC is the regional decision making body for management of tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Conservation and management measures (CMMs) of the Commission are legally binding and apply to all WCPFC members and the Convention area. The WCPFC meets this year from 7-12 December in Busan Korea.

FFA assists countries to board and prosecute fishing vessels

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA, MONDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2008: The FFA Director General Su’a N.F. Tanielu opened the Prosecution and Dockside Boarding Workshop in Tonga today. This workshop will assist local officers to board and inspect fishing vessels for offences.

In Tonga this week, fisheries officers, police and maritime navy at the workshop will learn more about International law, National laws, Regional and Sub-regional Fisheries Agreements, Fishing Vessel Boarding & Evidence Collections and Court Procedures.

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Solomon Islands hosts region’s biggest maritime surveillance operation this week

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 12 SEPTEMBER 2008: Operation Kurukuru 2008, a coordinated maritime surveillance operation in which countries cooperate to detect activities such as illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, smuggling and people trafficking, was hosted by the Solomon Islands this week.

New facilities launched in Solomon Islands for maritime surveillance

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 15 AUGUST 2008: The Maritime Unit of the Solomon Islands Police Force (SIPF) has new facilities to improve maritime surveillance targeting illegal fishing, transnational crime and search and rescue at sea, thanks to a new Operations Room was officially opened today at SIPF’s portside office.

Director of the Maritime Unit of SIPF, Eddie Tokuru commented when opening the facility: “We are pleased to celebrate the launch of the Operations Room with people who have assisted us in this important step in improving our maritime surveillance facilities. With these new computer facilities, our officers at sea can send emails and data into the Operations Room for the SIPF to respond to straight away. This will improve Solomon Islands’ capacity to monitor what is happening at sea and to contribute to regional surveillance operations.”

FFA Licence Information List

Information provided in this list is from FFA member licence lists and regularly updated. Please click on the links below to view each member's licence list.


Cook Islands

Federated States of Micronesia



Marshall Islands


New Zealand



Papua New Guinea


Solomon Islands





Regional Surveillance Operations

Patrol Boat on Operation Kurukuru

FFA members cooperate to conduct regional surveillance operations -

These include:

Operation Kurukuru,

Operation Bigeye,

Operation Island Chief,

Operation Rai Balang

Operation Tui Moana.


Monitoring, Control & Surveillance at FFA provides policy and services, to its members to build national capacity and regional solidarity to control fishing in the Pacific, including illegal, unreported and unknown fishing. This includes technical expertise, information sharing and projects around monitoring activities, regional surveillance operations, the FFA Observer Program, FFA Vessel Monitoring System, FFA licence information list, and staff training and support regarding relevant regional decision making bodies, notably the Technical Compliance Committee of the WCPFC.

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