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.


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 ...