Outcomes statement from FFA, Solomon Islands Judicial Seminar: Information focus on national workshops, PacLII and FFA databases
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.
FFA AND SOLOMON ISLANDS JUDICIAL SEMINAR
Honiara, Solomon Islands
25-27 July 2016
The Honourable Chief Justices of the co-host Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and Vanuatu, and Honourable Judges and distinguished representatives from Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu and Tonga, comprising 9 Member States of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), met for the SI and FFA Judicial Seminar on Current and Emerging Technologies in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 25 to 27 July 2016.
Following their 3 day meeting, the Honourable member representatives:
1. Recognised the significant role that fisheries resources play for Pacific people, especially as food security and for achieving their aspirations such as development of domestic fleets;
2. Further recognised the fundamental need to protect our resources from IUU Fishing, including through strengthening our current technologies and tools, as well as progressing work on emerging technologies to understand and reflect these into our national laws and processes;
3. Underlined the key role that the Judiciary play in protecting our fisheries resources, and the importance of the Judiciary of member countries continuing to be informed of the developments in tuna fisheries, including the various technologies used for fisheries monitoring, control, enforcement and surveillance;
4. Called for regular opportunities for this type of regional meeting so that Judges can continue to be apprised of these developments and to share experiences with colleague Judges from member countries;
5. Called for national meetings so that this information can be shared as widely as possible with other Judges;
6. Underlined the need to expedite the work to ensure the safety of observers noting the very important role that they play in the collection of data and monitoring compliance, as well as ensuring the safety of Pacific nationals working as crew; and
7. Recognised the critical need to share information on fisheries prosecutions and their outcomes on offenders and how the associated offences are settled or resolved to enable consistency and uniformity in treatment, as well as allow trend analyses, particularly through means such as the PacLII electronic database of cases, noting its importance to the judiciaries of the region and funding of which should be continued, and the FFA database which needs to be updated by members with cases, administrative fines, and settlements.