“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.
Category: Solomon Islands
Above and beyond – A modern day scientist’s voyage to the Pacific’s remote and traditional island of Tikopia
A NIWA technician spent four days and three nights on a crowded boat heading to one of the most remote places in the Pacific to help install a weather station. On island, he came face to face with Pacific village protocol when the chief came for a visit. “Only speak to him if he speaks to you, only drink what he decides he wants to drink, and eat whatever he offers you from his plate. Above all, approach him on your knees and walk backwards to leave.”
The Kiribati-Solomon Islands ASA marks the fourth such similar agreement Solomon Airlines has signed with aviation partners in the last 18 months.
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.
French Polynesia pledges support to Solomon Islands tourism, discuss airline service and fishing limits
French Polynesia’s President Fritch has offered to help Solomon Islands develop its tourism industry. He also promoted two other potential areas for wider Pacific cooperation: a Pacific airlines service and restrictive fishing limits.
“Hold fast to rights over offshore fisheries”, advice to Pacific nations seeking to increase fisheries’ trade and market access
Investment promotion needs to learn from lessons of the past – don’t keep making the same mistakes. And Pacific nations looking at their stake in the global fisheries trade equation, must hold firmly to their hard-won rights over their Exclusive Economic Zones.
Solomon Islands secure MSC certification boosting good fishing practices and sustainability prospects
The MSC certification recognises that tuna caught by the fishery come from well-managed stocks and that fishing practices meet robust requirements for sustainability.
The swift action by FSM authorities reflects the importance it attaches to Observers. Their vigilance on behalf of member states in reporting fishing activity on board vessels licensed to fish in Pacific waters has earned the title of ‘Heroes of the Seas’.
Saving babies and mums: Midwifery, critical service for Pacific national progress with a focus on Fiji
“Whilst working towards building midwives numbers in-country, we are seriously considering bringing in retired midwives and we have done that for the last three years – at retirement these women have experience, the know-how, clinical and leadership skills and their midwifery practice is top-notch.” Fiji’s Director Nursing Services, Ms Silina Waqa.
Science confirms at least five reef islands in the remote Solomon Islands have been lost completely to sea-level rise and coastal erosion, and a further six islands have been severely eroded. These lost islands range in size from one to five hectares. Nuatambu Island, home to 25 families, has lost more than half of its habitable area, with 11 houses washed into the sea since 2011.
Newly crowned Miss Pacific Islands, Abigail Havora said true Pacific beauty is found within. Before the finals of the Pacific Islands pageant held in the Cook Islands, she was quoted saying, “Pacific Islanders are...
Since the Victoria International Leadership Programme began in 2008, over 350 students have graduated, but only one of whom identified as Pasifika. Now, add four more to that list.