Fisheries

WCPFC chair makes early exist

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

In a yet to be explained move, the chair of the WCPFC Dr Charles Karnell has left Samoa, leaving delegates of the 11th session of the Commission to try and forge some agreements on measures to manage the Pacific’s tuna fishery.

WCPFC Apia Meeting Shut Down

Samisoni Pareti, in Apia, Samoa.
Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

Pacific journalists who have been covering the 11th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia this week have been told they won't be allowed into cover the final session of the meeting scheduled for 3pm today.

Fiji joins body on Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Fiji has become the 3rd South Pacific island country to join the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Tackling the tough stuff

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Its the second last day of the annual tuna fishing negotiations in Samoa today and its still not clear whether delegates will be able to agree on more control measures to avoid the overfishing of the Pacific's depleting tuna stock .

Greenpeace accuses Philippines of juvenile tuna fishing

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

The Philippines – a member of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission – currently meeting in Apia this week has been accused of flouting rules against the fishing of juvenile tuna.

Tuvalu ‘son’ secures top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* in Apia, Samoa.
Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

Sitting beside his lead supporter – Tuvalu’s Minister of Fisheries -- during a press conference this morning, Feleti Teo said he was still coming to terms with the enormity of the decision by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to appoint him as their Executive Director.

Tuvalu’s Feleti Teo jostles for top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Tue 02 Dec 2014 -

Will long time Tuvalu and Pacific civil servant Feleti Teo get the nod to become the new executive director of the Secretariat of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission?

Pacific takes on the world fishers in Samoa

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Sun 30 Nov 2014 -

Pacific Island nations are going into the 11th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Samoa from Monday with a clear message to Asian, European and American countries that fish in the Pacific: agree to reduce your fishing effort or be prepared to face tougher actions.

November 2014

Pacific seals historial tuna fishing access deal

Samisoni Pareti

The ink had hardly dried when controvesy erupted on the historic tuna fishing agreement sealed in Hawaii last month by 17 Pacific Island nations and the United States. Just days after hailing the US$90 million deal in return for 8300 days of fishing in the Pacific in 2015 for US ...

'It's in our DNA to conserve the ocean'

Samisoni Pareti, Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business magazine
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, small island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves.

Limit fishing in coastal waters, advices PNA

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 07 Aug 2014 -

Way to go for coastal fisheries management in the Pacific would be to impose limits on the fishery. Suggestion came from Dr Transform Aqorau, the outgoing head of the Secretariat of the Parties of the Nauru Agreement. “By imposing limits you create scarcity, and through scarcity you add value to ...

July 2014

PNA day fee hike puts pressure on fishing fleets

Giff Johnson

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) continue to set the pace in fisheries management in the western Pacific and the group’s latest decisions are upsetting tuna fishing countries long used to controlling the multi-billion dollar industry. PNA ministers’ decision in mid-June to raise fishing day fees by 33 percent—from ...

June 2014

Revival of a disappearing resource

Human activity has had profound effects on the productivity of fisheries resources. In the future, climate change could have similarly devastating impacts on some fisheries, including the coastal fisheries many Pacific Island communities rely on for food and livelihoods.

Tokelau conference on rogue fishing

Thu 15 May 2014 -

Officials for the Pacific’s leading forum for high-level fisheries dialogue, the Forum Fisheries Committee head to Tokelau this month for an in-depth look at current and future developments in the sector. The 89th meeting of the annual FFA governing council of officials have a full agenda, including key outcomes from ...

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.

EU POLITICAL FISHERIES DEAL TO UNDERMINE ATTEMPTS TO END OVERFISHING

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.