MEDIA RELEASE: School kids delight in 40th anniversary celebrations with FFA staff
HONIARA, 2 August, 2019 – The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) welcomed children from around Honiara, Solomon Islands to showcase the work of the regional fisheries agency as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.
Over two days, about 600 students from primary and secondary schools met with FFA Director General, Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen and staff, took a tour of the fisheries headquarters, and engaged in discussions and games with staff.
“This is the first time the Secretariat has opened its doors to schools. We always say our children are our future and so it was a privilege to welcome students and their teachers to FFA. It provided an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of our tuna resources to our region, and the work with our 17 members to tackle Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing in order to secure long-term social and economic benefits for our Pacific people,” said Dr. Tupou-Roosen.
“It is the visionary decision of our Pacific Forum Leaders working together to establish the FFA that we honour today. It is this power of cooperation that has enabled us to achieve this important milestone. We have had the privilege of being hosted by the Solomon Islands and calling this our home for 40 years. We look forward to continued close collaboration with our host government and all members of FFA for another 40 years and beyond.”
Thirteen-year old, Mimosa Seni said “I enjoyed learning about what FFA does, getting to know and meet people here and was happy that we all got a gift bag.”
Her colleague, Kevin Maori from Saint Nicholas Primary School said he learned about how FFA uses satellite to communicate with fishing boats and ships. “It was interesting to learn about the different colours used like green, orange and red – to know if these ships are okay to fish in a country’s water or not.”
Tenakoga High School student, Stanley Alatala said “I learned many things but what stood out was to learn from FFA’s Corporate Services Division about how their accounting section works. I love accounting and one day I hope I will be here to help CSD.”
“We hope our two-day event has inspired young Solomon Islanders to work at FFA or to choose a fisheries-related career path so they too can contribute to this critical sector as well as given them a sense of pride in what all 17 member countries do for our Pacific people – the generation now and generations to come,” said Dr. Tupou-Roosen.
Next week, the FFA will host a high level judicial symposium with the theme Responsibility in Fisheries from 5-8 August, and conclude with an anniversary dinner with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Honourable Manasseh Sogavare as Guest of Honour.
For more information and photos contact Donna Hoerder, FFA Media, ph: +677 21124
About Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)
FFA assists its 17-member countries to sustainably manage fishery resources that fall within their 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA provides 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. www.ffa.int