Tuna decision making processes explained

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 20 JULY 2009: Ever wondered how countries negotiate the rules on tuna fishing? How international decisions between the Pacific Islands and the world’s biggest fishing countries are made? What is the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)? Who are its members and what it has done so far? How the WCPFC seeks to control fishing and illegal fishing?

These questions and more are answered in a set of WCPFC Factsheets produced by the GEF-funded Oceanic Fisheries Management Project. Written for non-governmental organisations and fishing industry association as well as high schools, universities, government department staff, media and others interested in fishing issues, the WCPFC Factsheets are presented with photos, diagrams and easy-to-read explanations of the technical and political decisions made at the WCPFC. They are freely available and downloadable from http://www.ffa.int/gef/factsheets or by writing to Project Coordinator Barbara Hanchard at FFA’s regional headquarters in Honiara ([email protected]).

Topics for the WCPFC Factsheets include:
Factsheet 1: Introduction to WCPFC
Factsheet 2: Membership of WCPFC
Factsheet 3: Decision making in WCPFC
Factsheet 4: Actions of WCPFC
Factsheet 5: Enforcement of WCPFC
Factsheet 6: Pacific Islands fisheries management
Factsheet 7: Tuna stocks of WCPFC
Factsheet 8: Tuna fishing methods in WCPFC area
Factsheet 9: Countries fishing in WCPFC area
Factsheet 10: Latest WCPFC meeting outcomes

The Oceanic Fisheries Management Project provides resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), to governments in the Pacific Islands to strengthen management of their oceanic fisheries. Pacific Islands receive assistance such as training, technical support, fisheries management, legal, compliance and scientific advice and assistance,  coordinated by regional organisations Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) in conjunction with the Pacific Community Oceanic Fisheries Programme (SPC) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN).