Fisheries Training with FFA

FFA through the support of various donor partners provides assistance to Pacific Island countries for capacity building through the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of sustainable fisheries training courses. These programs and courses are sometimes jointly developed and delivered with other Pacific regional organizations like the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, University of Wollongong, PNG National Fisheries College or The University of the South Pacific. Included are a suite of Pacific Islands Regional Fisheries Observer (PIRFO) training courses as a program of study for fisheries observers, debriefers and managers as well as courses on topics such as:

  • Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) inclusive of enforcement and compliance issues;
  • Vessel Monitoring Schemes (VMS) and Vessel Day Scheme (VDS);
  • Fisheries Licensing;
  • Fish Inspection for Competent Authorities;
  • Fisheries Management;
  • Fisheries Economic Analysis and Bioeconomic Modelling;
  • Policy Development, Investment Appraisal and International Commerce;
  • International Fisheries Negotiations;
  • Evidence, Investigation and Prosecutions;
  • Boarding and Inspection; and
  • Legal Frameworks

Under the various cycles of funding, fisheries training is delivered in FFA member countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) with support provided by FFA to build internal organisational and leadership capacity to assume responsibility for fisheries training in the region from 2015.

Through collaboration among various capacity development initiatives at FFA, such as the European Union’s Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific ACP Countries (DEVFish II) projects, the AusAID Food Security and NZ MFAT Pacific Fisheries Training Programme, fisheries training is offered to all FFA members.


Note: Course overviews are provided for each of the training listed above but specific material such as readings, exercises, presentations etc can only be accessed by approved participants prior to attending the course. Any log-in details will be provided by FFA to trainees when and as required.