Legal workshop held in Honiara for Parties to Nauru Agreement


PHOTO: Participants from PNA at the legal workshop this week

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 19-21 JANUARY 2008: The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) held a workshop for Parties to the Nauru Agreement members to equip them to draft legislation and regulations neccessary for the implementation of the 3rd Implementing Arrangement they agreed to on a subregional level in 2008.

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement are Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu and often are referred to as the PNA.

The 3rd Implementing Arrangement follows a tradition of innovation by PNA leaders in developing new initiatives to manage tuna resources in the region. Many of the measures of the PNA were also adopted at the last meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission such as the high seas pockets closure and the coverage of observers.

FFA provides assistance, such as the legal workshops held this week, to enable PNA countries to implement these measures at a national level. This assistance is partly funded by the GEF-funded Oceanic Fisheries Management Project