Mixed outcomes for PNA from WCPFC14

THE CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) sees the outcomes of the recent 14th meeting in Manila of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) as mixed. PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru said there were some good steps forward by the Commission.

These included the adoption of a Port State measure which includes arrangements for appropriate inspection of tuna vessels when they come to port. This will close one of the remaining gaps in the Commission’s monitoring and control scheme and is well adapted to the region where many of the major ports are in small island developing states.

Other positive steps included the adoption of a measure to reduce marine pollution from fishing vessels, including banning the discharge of plastic, and the adoption of a Rebuilding plan for Pacific Bluefin. However, Mr Kumoru was disappointed in the outcome of the revision…..

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