Monitoring & Surveillance

Tuna IUU report recognises progress, challenges for countries

 16 Mar, FFA HQ SOLOMON ISLANDS The newly announced US 616m value to annual losses from Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated activity in the Pacific tuna fishery should provide “renewed impetus for Pacific countries to step up what they are already doing well, and embrace solutions to help in areas where action is required,” says the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director General James Movick. (pictured)

IUU tuna blacklist from six to two after FSM settles with Philippines

28thNov 2015, WCPFC12, INDONESIA – Pacific nations pushing for a record number of six tuna boats to be banned from fishing in their waters are taking that number down to two.  The 17-member Forum Fisheries Agency are in Bali at the upcoming 12th session of their regional tuna fisheries management body, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Fisheries conference centre becomes courtroom for practice IUU cases

18th Nov 2015, FFA HQ, Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS – Pacific prosecutors and Fisheries officials are putting Illegal fishers on trial this week. They’ve transformed the FFA Conference Centre venue into a moot-courtroom with role plays around scenarios involving illegal fishing boats accused of breaking their license rules in Pacific EEZs.

Pacific fisheries surveillance capacity expands with Tui Moana 2015

FFA RFSC, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS --The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency-led Operation TUI MOANA, one of an annual series of four monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) operations aimed at curbing illegal fishing throughout the central and south Pacific, came to a successful conclusion on Friday 29th May. This was the fourteenth time Tui Moana has been conducted, representing an enduring commitment to the preservation of the regional tuna fishery. TUI MOANA 2015 IN PICTURES

Rai Balang 2015 takes a hit from Cyclone Pam: Fishing, patrol boats seek shelter as patrol flights divert to Vanuatu

WED 25th Mar, 2015: FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS – Despite taking a hit from Cyclone Pam, the  annual Rai Balang regional maritime surveillance exercise continued regional  action against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing activity in Pacific waters. The ten-day operation with a focus on the North Pacific saw its extensive planning and patrol schedule shattered by the rogue weather. Despite this, the operation ended on the weekend with two potential IUU investigations now underway in FSM. 

Report from visits from Australia, Fiji, Kiribati to FFA last week

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, 7-10 MARCH 2011: High level delegations from member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) - Australia, Fiji and Kiribati - visited the regional headquarters of the agency last week to tour the Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre and to discuss key fisheries issues.

Training helps Licensing Officers use legal and FFA tools to control fisheries

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS 7-10 FEBRUARY 2011: Fisheries Licensing Officers from 14 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have now completed the Fisheries Licensing Officer’s Workshop (FLOW), where they learned more about key legal and monitoring tools to control fishing. A total of 20 participants from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu attended as well as staff from FFA, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Western a