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[email protected]: FFA mourns passing of former Director Talobak Victorio Uherbelau

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS-- The Forum Fisheries Agency mourns the sad passing of its former FFA Director, Talobak Victorio Uherbelau on Sunday, August 27, 2017. He was 78. 
At the forefront of Palau’s emergence into nationhood, Uherbelau, who held the chiefly title Talobak, served as his country’s first Attorney General and went on to become the first of his country to lead a regional agency. The post title was changed to Director-General in 2005.

US, Pacific forge ahead with fisheries treaty

Monday 5 December 2016, Sheraton Denarau, NADI FIJI ISLANDSThe fisheries access deal between the US and Pacific countries is back on track with a newly-signed agreement.  The Agreement runs to 2020 and offers a 2017 package worth up to US70m in fisheries access and development assistance to Pacific nations.

US Treaty has 'matured and endured'- Ambassador Cefkin at historic signing in Fiji

Saturday 3 Dec 2016-- Pacific ministers, heads of fisheries and delegations from both sides were part of a historic signing event today at the Novotel in Nadi, Fiji Islands as the US and Pacific multilateral fisheries renegotiated treaty began rounding up signatures. Most member nations have signed, with more to come as more heads of delegation arrive in the build up to WCPFC13, which opens Monday 5 December.

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Smiles for US Treaty as Pacific reaches six-year deal: Major breakthrough for Pacific Islands Parties, US

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS (Monday 27th June 2016)—18 negotiation meetings over the last seven years governing the world’s largest multilateral tuna fisheries deal have finally ended over the weekend with this news: the US Treaty has survived.

The access and aid envelope for Pacific Forum Fisheries members, which started life 28 years ago as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, had been going through increasingly difficult negotiations and interim agreements since the last multi-year agreement ended in 2012.

US tuna Treaty deal salvaged for 2016, but overhaul still needed -- FFA

2 Mar 2016, FFA HQ SOLOMON ISLANDS – US vessels are to resume tuna fishing in the Pacific in a matter of days, thanks to an “extraordinary effort” on the part of Pacific island countries. 

“I commend the Pacific Island Parties for once again being able to use their strong commitment to regional cooperation and unity to find solutions to a problem that has been foisted on them by the actions of others, in this case the US tuna fishing fleet” says FFA Director General James Movick.