Govts told give preference to local fishing fleets

Wed 05 Feb 2014 -

Pacific islands governments have a responsibility to control tuna fishing in their waters, and should be giving preference to local fishing fleets instead of granting more licences to foreign fishing vessels.


Mon 03 Feb 2014 -

Negotiating teams from the European Parliament, Agriculture and Fisheries Council and European Commission this evening reached a political deal on how to allocate 6,7 billion of subsidies to the EU fisheries industry.

CONSENSUS or vote.

Robert Matau
Fri 06 Dec 2013 -

These are the two options on the mind of delegates at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission annual meeting held in Cairns Australia as they head into the final day of discussions on tuna issues in the region.

CONSENSUS or vote.

Robert Matau
Fri 06 Dec 2013 -

These are the two options on the mind of delegates at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission annual meeting held in Cairns Australia as they head into the final day of discussions on tuna issues in the region.

PNA wants more fairness, accountability

Wed 04 Dec 2013 -

A proposal by Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) member Marshall Islands, backed by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), would require the Tuna Commission members to account for the impact of their actions on Small Island Developing States.

Battle for control over eastern high seas pocket

Wed 04 Dec 2013 -

COOK Islands is seeking a closure of the Eastern high seas pocket next to its Exclusive Economic Zone to shut down illegal fishing and uncontrolled fishing by distant water fishing nations.

Japan, US, Indonesia, China among  6 countries responsible for overfishing bigeye

Robert Matau
Wed 04 Dec 2013 -

Japan, United States, China and Indonesia have been named amongst the 'Pacific 6' countries responsible for overfishing 80 percent of the valuable bigeye tuna stocks.

Japan, Philippines to back Pacific cut down on bigeye fishing

Robert Matau
Fri 29 Nov 2013 -

Whilst the Pacific is banking on distant water fishing nations like Japan to balance the scales in the December 2-6 Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Cairns, there will also be a move to get the commission to listen more to the Pacific tuna nations conservation concerns.

October 2013

The frontline tuna guardians

Robert Matau

When Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) observer Chris Ragi (not his real name) boarded a tuna purse seiner fishing boat for the first time in 2009, he did not know what to expect.

September 2013

Is ‘moi’ the real deal for Marshall Islands?

Giff Johnson

Want to eat Chinese, Japanese, American, Mexican or island food? No problem, Majuro has plenty of restaurants with flavorful fare to keep customers happily sated. Need cheap transportation around the island? Again, no problem. Stand on the roadside and within seconds a taxi pulls over to give you a ride.

Pacific Fisheries observers help crack down on illegal fishing

Wed 04 Sep 2013 -

Evidence given by Pacific Island fisheries observers has helped secure judgements against the owners, operators and fishing masters of six tuna purse seiners, with heavy fines imposed – over USD 1.5 million in total.

FFA gets award for improving Pacific tuna fisheries management

Tue 03 Sep 2013 -

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency has been recognised for its work with Pacific nations as a global leader in sustainable tuna management at the Pacific Oceanscape event, a side event of the Pacific Leaders Forum, in Marujo, Marshall Islands.

Pacific tuna stocks in alarming decline - Greenpeace

Tue 20 Aug 2013 -

Pacific tuna stocks are experiencing further decline and current management measures are failing to restore stocks, a ten-day meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission has concluded.

Coastal fisheries in the Pacific ‘a mixed report’

Mon 12 Aug 2013 -

A new report on the status of reef and near-shore fisheries of Pacific Islands has delivered a mixed verdict about their health.

Tagged tuna caught after 13 years

Mon 29 Jul 2013 -

A bigeye tuna has been re-captured, nearly 13 years after it was originally caught, tagged and released as part of a scientific experiment.

July 2013

PNG’s #2 cannery holds big promises

Davendra Sharma

Set to become world’s second largest tuna processing project in the world, a new plant in opened its doors to 4000 workers in Papua New Guinea’s fast-expanding industrial town.

Close reserve to commercial fishing, scientists tell Kiribati

Christopher Pala

A decade ago, Gregory Stone and a group of coral reef ecologists suggested to Kiribati’s leadership that the long-ignored Phoenix Islands were a treasure that could bring the country prestige and tourism as a world-class marine protected area.

Ban commercial fishing: Palau’s goal

Giff Johnson

Palau is aiming to become the first Pacific nation to ban commercial fishing in its 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). And in another unprecedented move, it will conduct a trial next month using drones for fisheries enforcement.

Competition between local and industrial fishers hots up in Pacific

Mon 08 Jul 2013 -

Tensions are mounting in the Pacific over increased competition for fewer tuna fish. Increased competition for tuna is causing tension between local fishers and industrial vessels in some Pacific Islands, and the Heads of Pacific Island Fisheries Departments have tasked the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to examine the ...

June 2013

PNA moves to market first sustainable tuna in Europe

Giff Johnson

A three-year effort by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is expected to see the region’s first “certified sustainably caught” skipjack tuna products hitting the Europe markets this month. The latest PNA milestone links a conservation measure—promoting tuna caught without the use of fish aggregation devices (FADs)—to a business ...

US to pay over US$94m in a transitional fish deal

Robert Matau

Pacific Islands Parties (PIPs) have secured a transitional deal which will see 40 United States fishing vessels fishing in the Pacific for 12,450 days for US$94.5 million in the next 18 months. The transistional arrangement was struck last month at a session in Honiara after negotiatiors were unable to complete ...

Fish talks stalled but US given 18 months extension

Robert Matau
Fri 17 May 2013 -

Current US tuna treaty negotiations have stalled because Pacific Islands Parties and the United States have failed to agree on various elements of a new treaty. The Pacific Islands Parties, however, have extended to the US a temporary treaty to cater for extended talks.

May 2013


Rewritten by Dionisia Tabureguci

After years of effort to get Fiji tuna caught using longline fishing method to carry MSC certification, the first taste for European consumers carrying the coveted label will hit their stores in June. This follows the launch of the Fiji albacore tuna range by global seafood supplier Anova Seafood at ...

Fiji’s albacore gets into European markets

Mon 29 Apr 2013 -

MSC certification has landed Fiji Albacore Tuna on the European stage: In a world-first, international seafood supplier Anova Seafood brings the first MSC labeled tuna from Fiji to Europe.

March 2013

Disunity in Manila a wake-up call for PNA

Giff Johnson

Environmental and other marine advocacy groups criticised the Pacific’s regional fisheries management organisation for not adopting a tougher stance on conservation at its annual meeting in December. Despite this criticism, CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) said the results “are not as bad as they were made ...