South Pacific Tuna Treaty

Pacific-US tuna treaty won’t be affected by delays in signing

The administrator of the Treaty and Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency Director General James Movick said they will await the process of approval.

Movick said the most important step is initialing the agreement and he hopes Fiji might be in a position to do that.

“But I think even if Fiji is unable to initial as a separate process from the parliamentary ratification we have received no indication of dissatisfaction with the Treaty and so we just simply await the outcome of the process,” he said.

PNG signs tuna Treaty with US, hopes cordial relationship continues under Trump

PNG High Commissioner to Fiji Lucy Bogari said the South Pacific Tuna Treaty is an instrument that truly marks the relationship between the US and Pacific Island parties.

While commending the US for holding presidential elections, High Commissioner Bogari said PNG is very keen to see the relationship that the US and the Pacific have enjoyed over the years is a longstanding one.

“So under this new incoming administration we hope that this relationship will continue,” she said.

Tonga welcomes signing of South Pacific Tuna Treaty

After months of negotiations, amendments to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty were signed in Nadi, Fiji yesterday by the US and Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency members.

The Minister for Fisheries of Tonga Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau signed on behalf of the Government of Tonga.

“This is a reminder that what Pacific island countries are doing helps them stay together and reinforces their strength which is regional cooperation,” Mr Fakahau said.

South Pacific tuna talks kick off

The treaty was first implemented in 1987 between the US government and Pacific island countries.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago says American Samoa will be watching the talks as its two tuna canneries depend on sufficient fish supply for their survival.

An interim agreement, valid only for 2015, allows the US purse seiner fleet to fish in the exclusive economic zones of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries members.

The meeting is set for the 3rd to 5th of August in Brisbane.