JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: World Tuna Day: A reminder of a rich resource and the need to protect it

POHNPEI, 2 May 2019 – The Western and Central Pacific Ocean holds the world’s largest tuna fishery with a total catch of more than 2.5 million tons a year. The target species (albacore, skipjack, bigeye and yellowfin) are being managed at sustainable levels and there is no overfishing occurring for these stocks.  This is in stark contrast to all other oceans.  

MEDIA RELEASE: FFA and Japan agree new support to Pacific fisheries

HONIARA, 18 April 2019 – Observer training, maritime boundaries and new training initiatives were on the agenda of a high-level meeting in Honiara on Tuesday between the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and senior representatives of the Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan.

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS Volume 12: Issue 1 January-February 2019

FFA TRADE AND INDUSTRY NEWS . Volume 12: Issue 1  January-February 2019

By Elizabeth Havice, Liam Campling and Mike McCoy [1]



Fisheries Trade

WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations heat up

Tariff hike deferred again as the US and China reportedly near deal to cool the trade war

Fisheries Management

Attention on FAD management continues to grow

Despite criticisms, MSC continues to gain traction in tuna fisheries


BANGKOK 22 February 2019 – The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) was awarded the top prize in the 2019 Stop Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing competition yesterday.

“This achievement recognises FFA’s work in Monitoring, Control and Surveillance initiatives to deter IUU fishing in the Pacific. Well done to the team at FFA, past and present, and all of our FFA member countries. And the award is particularly timely given FFA has just kicked off our 40th anniversary celebrations,” said FFA Director General, Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen