Category: Oceans

Pacific nations at forefront of tuna management: maximizing returns and food security

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.

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.

The ocean is losing its breath – and climate change is making it worse

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.