Countries meet to explore options for international tuna meeting

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, MONDAY 15 JUNE 2009: Fisheries officers from Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Indonesia and Philippines are in Honiara today to discuss options, positions and negotiation strategies for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting in December 2009.

FFA Fisheries Trade News May 2009

This month's publication features reports on the European Tuna Conference 2009 as well as:

External dimensions of European Commission’s proposed Common Fisheries Policy reform, an Update on US methylmercury and tuna controversy
Opportunities, challenges and evolution in Marine Stewardship Council certification & Developments in carbon footprints and fish trade debate.

TUNA MARKETS - Articles include:
Chicken of the Sea canning plant closing in American Samoa, opening new plant in mainland US , Promises and pitfalls facing the Japanese tuna fleet.

Outcomes from Forum Fisheries Committee meeting in Niue

ALOFI, NIUE,WEDNESDAY 19 MAY 2009: Ministers from the members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) attended the Forum Fisheries Committee meeting and agreed on some key strategies for fisheries in the region.

Speaking at the meeting FFA Director General Su’a N.F. Tanielu said: “The importance of what we do here at this meeting is underlined by the challenging times we live in. The global economic crisis has created scarce resources and economic pressures which will impact on the sustainable development, management and control of tuna.”

Outcomes from PNA Ministers meeting

ALOFI, NIUE, SUNDAY 17 MAY 2009: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Ministers met today to make high level decisions on tuna fisheries management.

Key surveillance operation concludes this week in FSM & Palau

THE REPUBLIC OF PALAU AND THE FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, 12 MAY 2009: Operation Rai Balang, a bilateral maritime surveillance operation between Palau and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to detect activities such as illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, ended today. The operation was conducted over 10 days from 2-12 May 2009 over the Palauan and FSM Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) in their entirety.

Outcomes from PNA Officials meeting

ALOFI, NIUE, MONDAY 11 MAY 2009: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) met last week to prepare recommendations for the PNA Ministerial Meeting on Sunday 17 May.

PNG Minister of Defence visits FFA

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, TUESDAY 5 MAY 2009: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) was pleased to host the Hon Bob Dadae MP, Papua New Guinea Minister for Defence, who visited the regional headquarters of FFA while visiting Honiara on official business.


Volume 2: Issue 3&4 March and April 2009
By Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice[1]


Second meeting to discuss Chair’s ‘Roadmap’ on fisheries subsidies disciplines

Tuna Industry leaders launch International Seafood Sustainability Foundation
EC support to developing countries to implement IUU Regulation
Developments in the US Purse Seine Fleet and the US Treaty

Key FFA meetings coming up in Niue

13 MAY 2009, ALOFI, NIUE: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is holding the 70th Forum Fisheries Committee Meetings - Officials Annual Session .

Participants for these meetings, please go to our Meeting Papers Portal to access your meeting papers.

FFA monitoring, control and surveillance experts meet about illegal fishing

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2009: Experts in monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries from the 17 member countries and territories of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) will meet today and next week to discuss how they can better respond on a regional level to illegal fishing.