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Pacific strikes US90m Tuna deal for US Treaty in 2015, FFA applauds Pacific negotiations

FFA HQ, Honiara, Tuesday 7th October 2014— An historic agreement was reached at the negotiation session between the Governments of the 17 FFA members and the United States of America this week in Honolulu.  The deal, struck in the dying minutes of a three-day negotiation session, provides for US flagged purse seine vessels to fish 8,300 days in the region in 2015 in return for a payment of USD 90 million made up by industry and US-Government contributions.

Future of Pacific Fisheries tops busy agenda

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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.

Operation 'Tui Moana' ends

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. 

South Pacific Albacore Tuna Crisis: collective action of the Pacific Islands is the way forward

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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.