Billfish Committee

SC-SPTBF8 Meeting Papers

Members are advised to use this link to download meeting papers for the upcoming SC-SPTBF8 meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 27th October (commencing at 830am) to Thursday, 28th October 2010 in Honiara, Solomon Is.

Please continue to check the website as there are a few late papers and will be uploaded as soon as they become available.

We will at this meeting try to work with e-copies of papers or if possible do bring your own hard copies. We will only print out limited copies to help out with meeting costs.

Key fisheries meetings outcomes – US Treaty, Billfish Committee and SPRFMO

NADI, FIJI & HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS OCTOBER 2009: FFA participated in a number of key meetings this month, outcomes from which are detailed below.

The regional headquarters of FFA, Honiara, Solomon Islands, hosted the Special Pacific Islands Parties Internal Meeting on 28 October and the 1st Renegotiation Session of the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries Between Certain Governments of the Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America (commonly referred to as the "US Treaty") from 29-30 October 2009.

Initial exchange of views and discussions were positive. The Pacific Island Parties and the US expressed a shared interest in renegotiation on three key elements - licensing arrangements including financial and economic aspects, the fishing opportunities available to US flagged vessels and the duration of an extension of the Treaty arrangements which are due to expire in June 2013.

About the SC-SPTBF


This committee works towards the broader aim of promoting cooperation among FFA Members to ensure their peoples receive the maximum sustainable benefits from fisheries targeting species occurring mostly below 10 degrees south in latitude. Members of the committee are Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

FFA member observers are Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Marshall Islands.

SC-SPTBF Terms of Reference

At its 2nd session, the WCPFC adopted a conservation and management measure for South Pacific albacore. The measure established limits of fishing for Southern Pacific albacore and called for Commission members and cooperating non-Members that actively fish for southern Pacific albacore in the Convention Area south of the equator to cooperate to ensure the long-term sustainability and economic viability of the fisheries for southern Pacific albacore.