It’s World Tuna Day today. This article adapted from FFA’s TUNApacific hub details the importance of Tuna to the Pacific islands and global marine ecosystems. As well as the ground-breaking work by Pacific fisheries officials, their partners and networks.
“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.
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’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.
As Moana plays to record audiences around the world, and the Hokule’a returns to Pacific waters after a two absence, one of the few remaining traditional Pacific ocean-faring navigators embarks on his final journey. Giff Johnson’s pen pays homage to Captain Korent Joel.
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.
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...
“We would strongly urge those [three] countries to use the New Zealand funding wisely. Not just to spend it, but use it to give us the quality of data the [Tuna] Commission needs” Mr James Movick, Head, FFA.
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.
The annual dollar worth of a single live shark in Palau waters is est. at US$170,000. It is that realisation that led the country to build a sanctuary for divers in 2009 that started the shark sanctuary movement in the Pacific region.
Global climate change produces many effects – warming air energizes the atmosphere and intensifies storms; warmer water expands and raises sea level; storage of more carbon dioxide in the oceans is acidifying large realms. Now it is becoming clear that another, profound result of human activities is underway: lower oxygen levels in our oceans.