Category: Fishery

REEF ROBBERS: Who’s paying? New pressures for Pacific surveillance from Vietnam’s Blue Boats

“As we deal with the Vietnamese blue boat issue, technically this is not within the FFA’s mandate. So we will be looking for a full mandate from member countries.” James Movick, FFA Director General.

NGO-ready help for Pacific as technology platforms need ‘legal-people’ support

As NGOs, we’re interested to help support the policies underlying the technologies because in many cases the countries may have their legislation based back in the 1960s or 1970s as they probably never envisioned the computers we have available today to be able to capture and use that information. Mr Bubba Cook, WWF.

NTSA: Pacific’s weapon against illegal fishing loaded for action by May 2017

NTSA’s strength lies in setting up its own information system, the NTIS, to gather up interagency information, pool it together and make it accessible by Party. And its ability to allow that information to be used not only for fisheries purposes but also for broader law enforcement purposes.

‘Fisheries Observer’ victory at Tuna Commission: The Pacific’s ‘kapa haka’ moment!

Endorsing the ‘observer safety measure’ is a huge step symbolically for the Tuna Commission. It’s Pacific countries performing the Haka in front of DWFNs – letting them know they wont be pushed around anymore on issues important to them.

NTSA’s Person of Interest: Potential Legal weapon to bring down Illegal tuna fishers in Pacific waters

Ultimately, the ‘Persons of Interest’ path would lead to the end of the chain and the beneficial owners. The individual/entity that hire the drivers, controllers, operators and ships’ masters – the true source and sustenance of IUU activities.

Tokelau’s tuna success – testament to Pacific solidarity’s multimillion dollar effect

Booming revenue from fishing license fees is prompting for Tokelau – the world’s fifth smallest country – to share its boon with its neighbours. Tokelau may have just 12 square kilometers of land on which...

Pacific celebrate US Tuna Treaty renewal: Why, how much, and who are the winners?

USA and Pacific nations celebrate on Sunday, 4 November a 6-year extension to the US Pacific Tuna Treaty. It’s a US$70million a year win for Pacific solidarity made possible through the sacrifice by Pacific nations with large EEZs. Many of them members of the PNA (Parties to the Nauru Agreement) who control the world’s largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery.

US Tuna fishing company ordered to pay US$2million for polluting Am. Samoa waters

A U.S. District Court judge has ordered an American tuna fishing company to pay a $1.6million fine and a US$400,000 community service payment to American Samoa authorities after it was convicted Thursday last week for illegally discharging oil in American Samoa waters; and maintaining false records.

Melanesia’s ocean worth NZ$760 billion under pressure from overfishing, population growth and climate change

A WWF report warns that the oceans of Melanesia – a vast Pacific real estate worth an estimated NZ$760billion generating annual revenue of US NZ$7.5 billion – is suffering from resource exploitation, population growth and climate change.