FFA launches new electronic systems to strengthen Pacific fisheries monitoring

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has launched two new electronic systems built for vessel registrations and Port State Measures. FFA Director General Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen introduced the Electronic Vessel

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Regional tuna expert sounds caution in developing seabed mining

Leading Pacific tuna industry expert, Dr Transform Aqorau, has drawn from the region’s experiences with its massive tuna fisheries industry to sound caution in the development of the “next frontier” of deep seabed

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US scores overdue increase in bigeye tuna catch limit, while American Samoa struggles to sustain its local tuna economy

The 20th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) was held December 4-8, 2023, in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The primary focus at this meeting was revising the conservation and

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Te Ipukarea Society: Deep seabed mining and the emerging risk to our tuna fisheries

Last week saw the Cook Islands host one of the most significant meetings with respect to the shared tuna stocks in the region.  That was the annual session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission,

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Aboard the Run Da vessels

A warning for Pacific crew Sometime in 2018, a Fiji policewoman told us an incredible story about a young Fijian fellow who had been a deckhand crew member on the Run Da 5, a Chinese longline vessel licensed to fish in

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New tuna harvest strategy

A new Tropical Tuna Measure was adopted by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission 20th meeting which concluded early Saturday morning in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The measure will guide fishing controls for

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Japan’s large Pacific bluefin tuna catch limit to be raised in 2024

An international commission responsible for managing Pacific bluefin tuna stocks has decided to allow Japan to effectively increase its catch limit for larger sizes in 2024, reflecting a recovery in their population,

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Urgent calls for proactive measures at WCPFC to safeguard future of Pacific fisheries

The 20th session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission currently meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands must put in measures that would ensure the sustainability of our fisheries, says WWF Western and

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Climate change, overfishing: Pacific tuna faces ‘unprecedented challenges’

The annual regional fisheries meeting to discuss and address crucial matters concerning tuna fisheries and the marine ecosystems they inhabit began Wednesday with a traditional welcome and official opening ceremony at

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Unlocking Transparency: Fiji’s Fight Against IUU Fishing

Fiji is taking a firm stance in the global battle against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing placing transparency at the forefront of their mission. The enormity of IUU fishing in Pacific tuna fisheries

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Fukushima nuclear plant starts 3rd release of treated radioactive wastewater into the sea

The tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began its third release of treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the sea Thursday after Japanese officials said the two earlier releases ended

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U.S. House committee moves South Pacific Tuna Treaty Act forward

The U.S. House’s Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation that would finally bring America’s regulations into alignment with amendments to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty signed in 2016. The 1987 treaty

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