Topic

Food

  • Sustainable management of coastal and marine biodiversity in Vanuatu

    September 17, 2020

    Senior representatives from eight Government Departments met in Port Vila for the first meeting of the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme-funded By-catch and Integrated Ecosystem Management (BIEM) Initiative Steering Committee. Participants approved a wide range of activities to support coastal communities, government authorities and other groups, as well as to protect threatened marine species […]

  • Pacific Fisheries Ministers raise coastal fisheries, marine pollution and climate change concerns

    August 28, 2020

    A new look Pacific Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting, which started virtually yesterday, has tabled key concerns on the state of coastal fisheries, climate change and marine pollution. Their decisions reflect regional priorities for the fisheries and marine sector. Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister of Marine Resources, the Honourable Henry Puna, addressed the meeting stating […]

  • Atoll islanders told to invest beche-de-mer money wisely

    August 26, 2020

    Bougainville have been told to use and invest the money they will get from selling beche-de-mer wisely. More particularly, the people of the Bougainville Atolls who use the sea as their “gold mine” by harvesting and selling marine resources. The beche-de-mer season is now open and a lot of people have already applied for licences. […]

  • Tonga struggles to control its sea cucumber exports

    August 26, 2020

    Tonga is struggling to take full control of the harvesting and the exporting of its Bech-de-mer (sea cucumber) resources to reap its fair share of foreign currency earnings from its export. The CEO for the Ministry of Fisheries, Dr Tu‘ikolongahau Halafihi said public consultations on harvesting and exporting had been ongoing since a moratorium was […]

  • Pacific Tuna Tagging expedition overcomes COVID Challenge

    August 17, 2020

    Despite the significant challenges presented by COVID-19, the Pacific Community (SPC) 7-week research expedition to monitor the health of world’s largest tuna fishery departed from Honolulu on Saturday 15 August 2020. Half of the world’s tuna catch comes from the Western & Central Pacific, providing a critical source of protein and export revenue for Pacific […]

  • Fisheries Ministers express concerns over COVID-19 impacts

    August 13, 2020

    Fisheries Ministers from member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have expressed serious concern about the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their domestic economies. This was during the 17th FFC Ministers meeting last week. Ministers have expressed strengthened commitments to regional solidarity and collaboration as central to confronting the impacts […]

  • FFC adopts the FFA Regional PSM framework

    August 5, 2020

    The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) has successfully sanctioned the regional Port State Measure (PSM) framework at its 114th meeting held in June. According to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) Director-General, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen, “this marks a significant milestone in the Agency’s efforts to strengthen and enhance port-based activities in relation to addressing […]

  • Giant, fruit-gulping pigeon eaten into extinction on Pacific islands

    July 23, 2020

    A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the lineup of giant island pigeons hunted to extinction. Fossils show that Tongoenas burleyi, a newly described genus and species, inhabited the Pacific islands for at least 60,000 years, but vanished within a century or two of human arrival around 2,850 years ago. Unlike the […]

  • Exchange of maritime boundaries data to boost fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance in region

    June 17, 2020

    A milestone has been reached by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Pacific Community (SPC) following the successful completion of an agreement between the two organisations for the exchange of maritime boundaries data. This milestone also represents the achievement of a key outcome under the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme to […]

  • FFA convenes talks on Impacts of Climate Change on Tuna

    June 11, 2020

    THE Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has hosted a one-day online discussion today, on the impacts of Climate Change on Offshore Fisheries. The meeting is part of the Secretariat’s work programme emanating from Forum Fisheries Ministers.  At their meeting held in Pohnpei, FSM in June 2019, Ministers agreed that this work would include: (i) […]