Vanuatu welcomes Pacific Fisheries Ministerial

Vanuatu Fisheries Department Media Release, Monday 4th July 2016--
Pacific Ministers of Fisheries are in Port Vila this week for talks aimed at ensuring best economic benefits and sustainable futures for the region's shared tuna resouces.
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai will be giving the official keynote to Ministers tonight (Monday 4 July) at the Farea Pacifik Convention Centre, at Le Lagon/Warwick, with Minister Matai Seremaia Nawalu to lead the welcoming ceremonies for his Pacific colleagues. 

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.

Regional Foreign Affairs, Law Enforcement, Finance and Fisheries complete Leaders’ mandated review of regional MCS arrangements

Monday 20 June 2016, FFA HQ, Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS-- A blend of Foreign Affairs, Law Enforcement, Finance and Fisheries Ministers from nine Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries member nations are leaving Honiara this weekend expressing their overall satisfaction with the status of regional systems for monitoring, control and surveillance and with an active interest in the impact of Fisheries on their own portfolios.

World Oceans Day 2016: FFA Statement

FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. - Today June 8, tens of thousands of people involved in hundreds of events worldwide will mark World Oceans Day.

Initiated by the United Nations since 2008 as a day to celebrate, reflect and renew actions upholding the link between Healthy Oceans to a Healthy Planet, nowhere is this more understood and felt than in the worlds ‘blue continent’ where our 17 nations of the Forum Fisheries Agency lead management and conservation measures over the worlds tuna-rich fisheries.

Providing Decent Employment for Pacific Fishers: FFA/ILO Brochure

Increasing employment in the fisheries sector is a key goal set by Pacific Forum Leaders in 2015, via the Future of Fisheries Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries and Report Cards. The Roadmap identifies seven clear goals for oceanic and coastal fisheries which member states have committed to achieve over the next ten years. Among them is the important


FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS, Thurs 2 May-- ‪#‎Vanuatu‬'s Fisheries Regulations will come in for a closer look for FFA's latest Legal intern, Felix Toa Ngwango. (See attached image, Second from left, with FFA's Legal team Pole Atinraoi-Reim (left), Tion Nabau, and Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen (right).

Pacific Observer data- driving the science, underpinning enforcement in Tuna fisheries

Monday 30th May 2016, FFA HQ-Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS --They are the front-line of fisheries management and the back-row when it comes to visibility, but almost 760 Pacific Tuna Fisheries Observers are likely the most valuable 'phantoms' representing our eyes on the region's multi-billion dollar resource-- tuna. They can spend months at a stretch stationed on purse seiners or long lining vessels, observing, noting, recording, and reporting back to base all that they have seen when it comes to the rules for fishing in Pacific EEZs.