In 1977 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at their 8th meeting delivered a Declaration on the Law of the Sea and a Regional Fisheries Agency. Two years later, on July 10 1979, 10 Pacific nations opened the FFA Convention for signature. The FFA takes its annual commemoration from 9 August 1979, when the Convention-- which received its required number of signatories on July 10, entered into force.
A full report of proceedings has been cleared to member countries, with an appended Statement of Outcomes highlighting the key elements of the three-day meeting of Pacific judiciary and fisheries officials, chaired by Solomon Islands Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer.
In this Policy Brief originally published as part of a collection of four externally contributed articles in the July Pacific Economic Monitor of the Asian Development Bank, FFA's Chris Reid, Alice McDonald and Leonard Rodwell conclude their report noting that Agency member nations are continuing to develop and implement policies at the regional and subregional levels in order to implement rights-based management systems