FFA Fisheries Trade News - February 2009

This edition of FFA Fisheries Trade News features articles on:

1) WTO discusssions and fisheries subsidies
2) New study on US fisheries subsidies
3) US policy priorities under Obama as it applies to trade
4) New tuna processing facility in Lae, PNG
5) Japan’s recession and its domestic market for sashimi tuna
6) Impacts of economic downturn on Japanese seafood firms

FFA staff donate relief to Solomon Islanders affected by floods

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 18 FEBRUARY 2008: FFA Staff today delivered a donation for Solomon Islanders affected by recent flooding. The donation, from FFA Staff members, was SBD 7000 worth of food and basic supplies which will be delivered by the National Disaster Council to flood-affected communities.


Legal workshop held in Honiara for Parties to Nauru Agreement


Happy Holidays from FFA

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) would like to wish its member countries and territories
and all people and organisations it works with a Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2009.

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Pacific Islands push for action on Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna at WCPFC this week

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA, MONDAY 8 DECEMBER 2008: Member countries and territories of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting called on fellow members of the Commission to cooperate to take action to manage Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna.

With 17 members (Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand,

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.


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.