Welcome to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future.

Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA's 17 Pacific Island members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

FFA was established to help countries sustainably manage their fishery resources that fall within their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA is an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members who make sovereign decisions about their tuna resources and participate in regional decision making on tuna management through agencies such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Since 1979, FFA has facilitated regional cooperation so that all Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable use of tuna – worth over $3 billion a year and important for many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific.

Vision Statement

The joint aim of members of the Forum Fisheries Agency is captured in its Vision Statement, which states:

“Our people will enjoy the highest levels of social and economic benefits through the sustainable use of our offshore fisheries resources.”

FFA’s Corporate Mission

For staff and management at FFA’s regional headquarters, their work is guided by the Corporate Mission Statement, which states the mission of the organization is:

“To drive regional cooperation to create and enable the maximum long term social and economic benefit from the sustainable use of our shared offshore fishery resources.”

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Strategic Plan 2020-2025

The Strategic Plan provides strategic guidance to the Secretariat and members in terms achieving its Vision and Mission. (Link)

FFA’s Statement of Intent (SOI)

The Statement of Intent provides an outline of the Secretariat's operating intentions towards achieving its strategic outcomes and goals in the FFA Strategic Plan. It is also used as a basis for allocating resources under the Annual Work Programme and Budget (AWPB) as well as the basis for reporting in the Annual Report. It is a three year living document that is amended each year to include a new third year. this link


Country Service Level Agreement (CSLA)

As a result of the independent review of FFA carried out in 2010, FFA developed CSLAs with members. This is a non-binding instrument intended to provide direction on the delivery of the FFA Secretariat services for each member. CSLAs are two-way instruments that also set out the expectations of each member and the Secretariat in respect of priorities. The CSLAs are one of the key drivers for member priorities in the SOI and AWPB. CSLAs have been signed with:

- Cook Is

- Fiji


- Kiribati

- Nauru

- Niue

- Palau

- Samoa

- Solomon Is

- Tokelau

- Tonga

- Tuvalu

- Vanuatu

FFA’s Annual Reports

FFA's Annual Report for the fiscal year can be accessed by clicking on this link.

FFA Director General & Spokesperson

The current Director General and chief spokesperson of FFA is Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen.  For more information on the Director General's appointment,   see here


How FFA works

Approximately 80 staff at the regional FFA headquarters in Honiara support their national contact points in departments of foreign affairs and fisheries in each member jurisdiction. FFA focuses its work on:

Fisheries management – providing policy and legal frameworks for the sustainable management of tuna

Fisheries development – developing the capacity of members to sustainably harvest, process and market tuna to create livelihoods

Fisheries operations – supporting monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries as well as treaty administration, information technology and vessel registration and monitoring.

Corporate services - supporting the organisation's work through administration, human resources, budgeting and other corporate functions.

The founding document of the Agency is the South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency Convention. The Forum Fisheries Committee meets annually to consider regional policies and the budget and work programme of FFA.

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About FFA: purpose

To maximize economic and social benefits of fisheries, countries and territories must do three broad tasks:

1) Manage the fishery to ensure use is sustainable and will provide tuna now and in the future

2) Develop the fishery to harvest, process and market tuna to create jobs, income and a thriving industry

3) Monitor, control and survey the fishery to stop illegal fishing and make sure fishing benefits goes towards fishers who follow the rules of development and management set by governments.

More information about fisheries management, fisheries development and fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance activities and analysis can be found by clicking the links under 'What we do' (left). FFA assists members to carry out these three broad tasks by providing advice, information, policy recommendations, regional strategies, technical support and development opportunities. It provides support at the national and regional level.

At the national level, FFA provides support direct to countries and territories who are members of FFA. For an outline of some of these activities in each member nation, see FFA member pages.

At the regional level, FFA solicits the views of leaders, identifies consensus areas and emerging areas for debate and briefs leaders on technical and policy issues in preparation for their participation in the decision-making body on tuna management in the region – (the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission) and for negotiations about binding legal agreements (the various treaties, agreements and arrangements pertaining to fishing in Pacific). Pacific Island leaders are active in setting the agenda and priorities of FFA through their involvement in the various FFA projects and meetings and formally through the Forum Fisheries Committee.


About FFA: policy areas & activities

The Statement of Intent is a forecast of intentions to be achieved over the medium term and provides the linkage between the annually planned activities, outlined in the Annual Work Programme and Budget, to the broader strategic framework provided by the FFA Strategic Plan. The FFA Annual Report reports against the Statement of Intent and in particular on actual performance results and impact of services achieved by the Secretariat during the period.


Read more about what FFA does in each of these policy areas:


Trade and Industry




EAFM (Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management)


SC-SPTBF (Billfish Committee)

Oceanic Fisheries Management Project (GEF)



Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

Observer Program

Vessel Monitoring System

Vessel Day Scheme

Vessel Registration

Treaties and Agreements

Niue Treaty

Nauru Agreement

Palau Arrangement

FSM Arrangement

US Multilateral Treaty

About FFA: Director General

HONIARA, 10 November 2018 --- The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) witnessed a milestone event with the change in leadership of the Director General.

Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen took up her post as the first female Director General of Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

Dr Tupou-Roosen was appointed by the Fisheries Ministers at the conclusion the 15th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial meeting which was held in the Cook Islands on 3-5 July 2018.

Dr Tupou-Roosen, who was the former head of the FFA Legal Services, has stated that: “I am very humbled to be chosen as the incoming Director General and sincerely thank our Members for this great honour.”

“I very much look forward to working with Deputy Director-General Matt Hooper and all of our staff to serve our Members. We have a clear mission to ensure the sustainable use of our offshore fishery resources increases the economic and social benefits for all our Pacific people and I am committed to following through on that mission.”

“I see Empowerment, Communication and Collaboration as critical tools to ensuring successful Cooperation and to ensuring our Pacific people prosper. Strengthening our mechanisms to combat IUU fishing and enhancing social benefits will also be top of mind for me.I will be making these a priority when as I take up the role.”

Dr Tupou-Roosen replaced Mr James Movick, who held the role since 2012.

CAREER SUMMARY - Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen

Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen has worked for nearly 20 years in the area of fisheries, including 13 years as the FFA Legal Counsel. In this role she has been responsible for providing legal and strategic advice to the Director General on significant Agency-wide issues.

Dr Tupou-Roosen gained a Masters of Law in 1997 under a NZ scholarship with a focus on International Fisheries and achieved First Class Honours. She also gained a PhD in Law in 2004 under a Commonwealth Scholarship, with a focus on International and Regional Fisheries Compliance.

In pursuing her education, Dr Tupou-Roosen was always intent on returning and serving in the area of fisheries in our region.

In her role as Legal Counsel of the FFA, Dr Tupou-Roosen had a long list of achievements, including:

  • Leading the drafting group on the revised texts of the US Tuna Treaty and its related instruments during the negotiations from 2009-2016;
  • Driving the successful implementation of the multilateral Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement at regional and national levels, including securing funds to support implementation at the regional level through an in-house legal advisor position for this specific work, and for in-country work at the national level;
  • Initiating innovative ways of dealing with issues, such as developing a strategy to broaden the Agency’s approach to addressing IUU fishing from a vessel-focus to include profiling the actual IUU fishers (Persons of Interest), which has been supported by Members;
  • Directing the revision of the Harmonised Minimum Terms and Conditions (MTCs) for the safety of observers, and led Secretariat support to Members in the lead-up to adoption of the Observer Safety measure by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission;
  • Initiating the comprehensive review of the MTCs in 2013 and 2014 and re-established its role as a strategic tool to set leading in-zone standards to drive compatible measures for the high seas;
  • Forging an effective partnership with SPC to deliver legislative reviews and maritime boundaries solutions;
  • Initiating the Legal Graduate Programme to ensure that nationals of FFA member countries are exposed to, and interested in, fisheries at an early stage in their careers.

About FFA: organisational publications

The FFA Annual Report & Statement of Intent summarises the agency's activities to build national capacity and regional solidarity so its members can benefit from their fisheries now and in the future. These activities fit into the broader strategic framework provided by the FFA Strategic Plan.



About FFA: governance by FFC

The Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) is comprised of one representative of each of the 17 members. The representative may be assisted by deputies. The Director, Deputy Director and other officers of the Agency, and advisers to the Agency also attend Committee meetings. Observers may also sit and this allows review and participation by other relevant organisations.

The FFC meets once a year at its annual session, normally held in the first week of May and again in special meetings held at other times of the year, according to its discretion and agenda. Meetings are closed to the public and attempt is made to reach decisions by consensus among member countries, although there is also the ability to take issues to a vote (each party has one vote and a two thirds majority is required of all parties present for the vote to pass).

In addition to the proposed FFA Work Programme and Budget, agenda items for FFC meetings may include: items deferred or requested by previous Committees, items proposed by the FFA, and items proposed by members.


FFC10, Rarotonga, May 1985 (Record of Proceedings, paragraph 7) agreed the following about membership: On the recommendation of the working group the following factors were agreed as ones which the Committee would consider in coming to a decision on membership. the applicant must be a State or territory; it must be within the South Pacific region; it must support the purposes of the FFA Convention; it must be capable of discharging the obligations contained within the FFA Convention and provide an assurance to that effect; it must provide such other relevant information as the FFC requires; and it must advise the reasons for seeking membership.