(Solomon Star News, 27 Jan 2015)
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said his Democratic Coalition for Change Government will be taking to Parliament a new fisheries legislation to ensure proper management of the country’s fisheries.
Mr Sogavare revealed this when he met with Tri Marine CEO Renato Curto yesterday afternoon to discuss the importance of maintaining access to the tuna market in the European Union (EU) for the tuna industry in Solomon Islands.
He said EU recently gave notice to the Solomon Islands Government to improve the way it manages the country’s fisheries else it will ban Solomon Islands exports to the EU.
Prime Minister Sogavare said he is directing the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources to take whatever steps are necessary to correct the problems in the country’s fisheries management practices that have been highlighted by the EU.
He told Mr Curto that the continued operation of SolTuna and NFD is critically important to Solomon Islands economy and food security.
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The 40th International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centres (IAMSLIC) Conference held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia may have ended in September last year, but the new partnership between PIMRIS (Pacific Islands Marine Resources Information System) and IAMSLIC through the 'LibraryBox' has just started. PIMRIS was gifted with two 'LibraryBox' (gadget) during the conference, to test out in the Pacific Islands region especially in areas without reliable internet access.
PIMRIS is grateful to Steve Watkins and IAMSLIC for the new tools and is looking forward to testing these out in the field, once selected locations (Pacific Island fisheries or marine libraries) are ready.
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