Category: Trade

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.

Where and how Pasifika Festival fits into Samoa’s export plan…

Underneath the drums, smiles, glitter and deals that serve the ‘Davos-class’ corporations and individuals harvesting the Pasifika brand; are 25 business delegations from 7 Pacific islands still searching for ways to claim their pound of flesh from what, essentially, is their product.

‘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.

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.

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.

Samoa fisheries ‘Operation Rico’ catches est.$900k illegal sea cucumber harvest in Samoa

A Samoa law enforcement operation has pulled off one of the largest successful raids of illegally harvested fish products in the history of the country. Dried sea cucumber with an estimated market value as high as US$360,000 or just under $1million Samoan tala. A Chinese man caught in the raid has been charged with breaching Samoa’s Fisheries Act 1988.

REVEALED: How many US$millions do Pacific countries lose through illegal fishing every year?

A new FFA report launched tomorrow will provide the most reliable and current estimate of annual tuna lost revenues for Pacific countries previously touted at US$1.5billion. The report will help Pacific countries plan with confidence against losses through more effective stock assessments and stronger MCS responses.