18th Nov 2015, FFA HQ, Honiara SOLOMON ISLANDS – South Pacific Albacore, High Seas and IUU fishing, Target and Limit Reference Points and Harvest Strategies linked to the Pacific’s Future of Fisheries Roadmap are just some of the tuna buzzwords as the region heads to the annual general session for the regional tuna commission, the WCPFC.
Also known as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the WCPFC brings the 17 member nations of the Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA to the negotiating and reporting table with the world’s major fishing nations. Following a series of technical, compliance and science meetings throughout the year, the WCPFC members, cooperating non-members, and observers, come together every December to track developments, updates and emerging trends in the Pacific tuna fishery. More importantly, they are charged with setting rules or Conservation and Management Measures for sustainable tuna fishing.
Fiji celebrated World Maritime Day 2015 on 23 September at the Suva City Council foreshore with a march through the capital city, Suva led by the Fiji Naval Squadron and a career expo showing services provided by the industry locally.
This year, the World Maritime Day theme is, 'Maritime education and training'. This theme 'was adopted to focus attention on the wider spectrum of maritime education and training, in particular its adequacy and quality, as the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources, in order to ensure its sustainability.' (UN web)
More news on this celebration here.
Friday 16th October 2015, FFA RFSC, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS –The largest intel and analysis team to ever take part in any Pacific fisheries surveillance operation against IUU, supported by more data sources and technology sources than ever has made 2015 a year of firsts for the Kurukuru (KK15) regional surveillance sweep.
US-Pacific tuna fishing rights hit US89m to end of next year --FFA special ministerial to decide what comes after Dec 2016
10th August 2015, FFA RFSC Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS – Pacific Island Parties (PIPs) to the treaty on fisheries with the United States have reached agreement with the US on an Interim Arrangement of the Treaty that will enable US tuna purse seine fishing vessels to fish in the waters of the Parties in 2016. The agreement was reached in Brisbane on Wednesday, August 5th.