Vanuatu Minister at FFC98 in Port Vila: Fisheries management must ensure sustainability, maximum benefits of tuna resources.

The text below provides the core statement of the Hon. Matai Seremaiah, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries & Biosecurity, as he opened the 98th session of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee, in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
All 15 member countries of the FFA are here in Port Vila for the FFC98 which ends this Friday.


May I first of all, on behalf of the Government and people of Vanuatu, say Warm greetings and welcome to Port Vila.

Vanuatu gears up to host 98th Forum Fisheries Meeting

1 May 2016, Port Vila, VANUATU – Pacific nations including Australia, New Zealand, and the 15 developing members of the regional Fisheries organisation, the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, are in Port Vila this week and next week for the annual committee meeting of Forum Fisheries officials beginning this week for the Pre-FFC meetings at the VNPF House in preparation for formal FFC meeting to be held at Irririki Resort from 9 to 13 May 2016.

Pacific nations, Forum Fisheries at new High Seas treaty talks




Thursday 7 April 2016, FFA HQ SOLOMON ISLANDS Pacific Small Islands Developing States are in New York closing off the first of four UN meetings over the next two years aimed at delivering a new Implementing Agreement under the framework of the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention, to govern conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Tuna IUU report recognises progress, challenges for countries

 16 Mar, FFA HQ SOLOMON ISLANDS The newly announced US 616m value to annual losses from Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated activity in the Pacific tuna fishery should provide “renewed impetus for Pacific countries to step up what they are already doing well, and embrace solutions to help in areas where action is required,” says the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director General James Movick. (pictured)

New Pacific IUU report puts confirmed figure on illegal tuna fishing

10 Mar, FFA HQ SOLOMON ISLANDS  The findings of a major study which will put accurate and up to date numbers to the nature and extent of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing will be made public next week.

Pacific front-line officials in monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) work are attending a suite of MCS meetings in Auckland this month—at their working group meetings next week, they will be presented with findings of a major quantifying IUU fisheries report two years in the making.

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS Volume 9: Issue 1 January-February 2016


Volume 9: Issue 1 January-February 2016

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



Special Feature

America’s Tuna Conference Overview

Preferential Trade 

Lack lustre tuna tariff preferences under EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

Fisheries Regulation

Thailand awaits verdict from EU on red card for IUU fishing 

Fisheries Management

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.