Region’s biggest maritime surveillance operation acts to stop illegal fishing

FFA REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS, HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, FRIDAY 21 AUGUST 2009: Operation Kurukuru 2009, a coordinated maritime surveillance operation in which countries cooperate to detect activities such as illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, smuggling and people trafficking, was hosted by FFA over 10 days.

FFA participates in Pacific Islands News Association Convention in Vanuatu

PORT VILA, VANUATU, 25-30 July 2009: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has been raising awareness of fisheries issues with media attending the conference. At a pre-conference workshop, FFA presented an overview of fisheries including fisheries management, development and control of illegal fishing and the important role of DEVFISH ( and the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project ( in providing assistance to Pacific Island countries.

Fisheries development in Vanuatu recieves boost

PORT VILA, VANUATU, 25 JULY 2009: A new 2-Minute Brief, released today at the Pacific Islands News Association Convention, explains the Vanuatu Government and FFA's work to increase domestic development, particularly tuna processing and trade, in Vanuatu. 

Historically, in Pacific Islands like Vanuatu, the main source of economic gains from tuna was to licence foreign fishing nations to fish in their waters, however recent innovations and strategic thinking has encouraged many Pacific Island nation

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?

FFA Trade News June 2009

Volume 2: Issue 6        June 2009

This issue includes articles on the PNA, onshore processing investments in PICS, Mexico-US tuna dolphin issues and trade, labour rights, the impact of piracy on Western Indian Ocean tuna fisheries and exporting tuna to China.








Officers learn about monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 29 JUNE 2009: Fisheries and compliance officers from Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu are in Honiara this week to learn more about monitoring, control and surveillance of illegal fishing.

The Week 5 FFA Component of the National Fisheries Officers’ Surveillance Course opened today in Honiara at the FFA Conference Centre. This is the final week in the 5-week course, the rest of the course being conducted by AMC Search Ltd in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

WCPFC Subregional Workshops

FFA is coordinating subregional workshops so that all its 17 members have information and informal discussions to prepare for their participation in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and at its next meeting in December in French Polynesia. The workshops are an important part of FFA’s ongoing efforts to increase national capacity and strengthen regional solidarity so that member countries can manage their fisheries for the benefit of people today and for future generations.

This year there will be 2 subregional workshops:

Countries meet to explore options for international tuna meeting

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 15 JUNE 2009: Fisheries officers from Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Indonesia and Philippines are in Honiara today to discuss options, positions and negotiation strategies for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting in December 2009.