Pacific fisheries

Overwhelmed Pacific fisheries officials seek help

As the Pacific nations have taken a greater part in the fisheries sector in the region there has been a substantial increase in reporting required by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

The Commission's Technical and Compliance Committee is meeting this week in Majuro and our correspondent there, Giff Johnson, says the burden from a lack of capacity is a key issue being raised.

Pacific fisheries surveillance finds no breaches

The exercise, the third this year and called Operation Island Chief, aimed to detect, deter, report and/or apprehend potential illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing activity.

Using boats and aircraft it covered more than 16.5 million square kilometres of ocean and found no infringements or breaches.

The Pacific's 10 Forum Fisheries Agency member nations were involved, along with Australia, New Zealand, France and the United States.


More restrictions possible for foreign fleets fishing the Pacific

The comments come as the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission, takes place in Pasay City in the Philippines.

The FFA's director-general, James Movick, said it was too early to tell how much fish could be caught on the high seas and action needed to be taken to ensure the rest of the world held off on overfishing.

PNA looks to improve relations with other Pacific agencies

The PNA is made up of eight countries, plus Tokelau, and controls much of the Pacific's tuna resources.

It has taken an aggressive approach and in seven years increased revenue eight fold.

The PNA intends maintaining this drive but the chief executive Ludwig Kumoru says they also wanted to improve links with organisations like the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the Pacific Forum Fisheries agency.

Pacific leaders urged to pressure Vietnam on poaching issue

This comes after reports that Vietnam has been receptive to complaints from Australia about the poachers while being dismissive of the complaints from Pacific countries.

Government officials of affected countries, (including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands), were hosted in Australia this week by the Forum Fisheries Agency and the Pacific Community to try and come up with a consolidated regional approach to the poaching.

Technology is changing the game for fisheries management

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) and WWF are celebrating the rollout of observer electronic reporting tools - through the new Observer eReporting App - that will reduce Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and bolster supply chain transparency and traceability in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fisheries.

PNA meet to focus on tuna management

The annual official meeting of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement begins in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro today.

The PNA controls the world's largest sustainable tuna purse-seine fishery.

Its meeting is expected to endorse recommendations for action by government ministers who will meet in Majuro in two months time.

Members will look at how to implement calls to ban high-sea bunkering of fishing vessels by requiring refuelling in ports or designated zones.

Tonga’s fishing industry gets a regional profile

The launching was held as one of the side events associated with the 13th session of the Western and Central Pacific Commission (WCPFC).

PITIA is a regional body for national fisheries associations in the Pacific Island Countries except Australia, New Zealand and Tokelau.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry, PITIA was located in Nuku’alofa before its Executive Board’s decision to relocate it to Honiara late last year.

Pacific fight against IUU goes high tech

With the leadership of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) that is headquartered in Honiara, Solomon Islands, the fisheries officers have returned to their respective offices to spearhead the efficient capturing and analyzing of data on tuna catches and tuna fleet that are fishing in Pacific waters.

“The five day RIMF training has been very productive and participants now return to work armed with the new knowledge on how they can capture data better,” says Kenneth Katafono, FFA’s Manager IT and lead trainer of the RIMF workshop.

New Research Captures Insights into Netting Economic Value for Fisheries

 This was the focus of IFC’s new research, which was presented at the Harbor Project Development Conference, hosted by the Solomon Islands Government.

IFC Senior Operations Officer, Dina Nicholas, said, “What we are seeing in the Pacific generally is that the fisheries industry only employs about 1 percent of its workforce locally. Only 10 percent of the catch is processed locally.”