US Multilateral Treaty

US, Pacific forge ahead with fisheries treaty

Monday 5 December 2016, Sheraton Denarau, NADI FIJI ISLANDSThe fisheries access deal between the US and Pacific countries is back on track with a newly-signed agreement.  The Agreement runs to 2020 and offers a 2017 package worth up to US70m in fisheries access and development assistance to Pacific nations.

US Treaty has 'matured and endured'- Ambassador Cefkin at historic signing in Fiji

Saturday 3 Dec 2016-- Pacific ministers, heads of fisheries and delegations from both sides were part of a historic signing event today at the Novotel in Nadi, Fiji Islands as the US and Pacific multilateral fisheries renegotiated treaty began rounding up signatures. Most member nations have signed, with more to come as more heads of delegation arrive in the build up to WCPFC13, which opens Monday 5 December.

PIP National Fisheries Laws


These are the applicable national laws of the Pacific Island Parties (PIPs) for the purpose of the Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of the Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America (referred to as the "Treaty").  These laws and any regulations or other instruments having the force of law which have been implemented pursuant to those laws, as amended from time to time, shall be considered as applicable national laws for the purpose of this Treaty.

PIP Closed Areas


Australia       All waters within the seaward boundary of the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ) west of a line connecting the point of intersection of the outer limit of the AFZ by the parallel of latitude 25°30' south with the point of intersection of the meridian of longitude 151° East by the outer limit of the AFZ and all waters south of the parallel of latitude 25° 30' South.

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.

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.

24th meeting of Pacific Islands Parties to the US Treaty: Statement

9th Feb 2016, Tokatoka Hotel, Nadi FIJI ISLANDS The Director General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA, James Movick, today issued the following statement on the outcome of the meetings of Pacific Island Parties regarding the resolution of 2016 fishing arrangements under the US Treaty.

Pacific nations aim to resolve US default on 89m tuna treaty

21 Jan 2016, FFA HQ SOLOMON ISLANDS – Impacts and projections, revenues and losses are words that will feature heavily for the 17-member nations of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA as they convene special sessions aimed at resolving the   default and withdrawal notice by the US on a tuna treaty that has allowed US access to tuna fishing in the Pacific for almost three decades.