The importance of fisheries revenue and negative impacts from the increasing effects of climate change to Tokelau’s current and future prosperity have been emphasized by Tokelau’s 9th parliament. At its second session currently taking...
Today is a big day for our oceans. It is good news for sea turtles and sharks, sea birds and tuna. It is also a great day for hundreds of thousands of workers at sea, many of whom have been victims of horrendous working conditions and human rights abuses.
Aerial surveillance est. AU$10-15 million annually will be provided via a civilian manned fixed-wing aircraft, operated by FFA, flying patrols over Pacific countries and their EEZs.
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.