FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. – The Pacific’s annual meeting of Fisheries Ministers heads to the region’s smallest island community this weekend, becoming part of a historic moment for Tokelau.
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency's (FFA) annual maritime surveillance operation 'Tui Moana' ended in late May. The ten-day operation started on May 14, covering the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and high seas of Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau and Tuvalu.
The multi-lateral monitoring, control and surveillance operation was supported from the air by military surveillance aircrafts from the Quadrilateral Defense partners of Australia, New Zealand, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), French Polynesia and New Caledonia.
More details: FFA Operation Tui Moana
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FFA HQ, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS. –May 2 is World Tuna Day, and provides an opportunity to celebrate some of the achievements of Pacific Island Countries, who own a large part of the world’s resources of these fish. In the three years since the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) declared World Tuna Day in 2011, there have been some great outcomes in fisheries across the region. Many of these stem from support provided by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to its members.
By James Movick, Director General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
There has been a lot of press coverage in the past few months about the crisis in the southern albacore tuna longline fishery. Long liners laid off left, right and centre; world albacore prices are low; and many of the small, locally based fishing businesses that have been so carefully cultivated over the last two decades are going to the wall.