FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS Volume 9: Issue 6 November-December 2016

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS  Volume 9: Issue 6 November-December 2016

By Elizabeth Havice, Mike McCoy, Liam Campling[1]



Fisheries Management

Lack lustre progress at WCPFC13; Pacific Bluefin outlook remains dire

US Treaty inked as US fleet seeks more high seas fishing

MSC heavily criticised by founding partner, WWF

Fisheries Development

United Nations adopts ‘World Tuna Day’

WCPFC13: Not just IUU boats, follow the crew, say Pacific nations

WCPFC13, DENARAU, FIJI ISLANDS 8th Dec 2016Pacific nations are initiating a watch list of vessel masters linked to the WCPFC IUU vessel blacklist. The move to strengthen tracking of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing vessels with another layer of information listing vessel masters, is hoping to gain traction amongst Tuna Commission members. 

WCPFC13: FFA welcomes UN adoption of World Tuna Day

Wednesday 3 December 2016
WCPFC13, Denarau, FIJI ISLANDSNews of the United Nations General Assembly’s unanimous adoption today in New York, of a resolution declaring May 2 as World Tuna Day has been welcomed by Pacific nations attending the WCPFC13 in Denarau. The resolution was proposed by Nauru on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) at the United Nations and been actively promoted by all PSIDS in New York.

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.