PALM preview: fisheries research vessels and Fukushima

The government plans to provide one fisheries research vessel free of charge to each of the four Pacific Island nations of Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, it has been learned.  Prime

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Pacific nations stand firm on fisheries and oceans protection

For Pacific Island nations, marine conservation and sustainable fisheries management are crucial because the health of ocean resources deeply influences their economies and livelihoods. In recent times, contrasting

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Equitable Fishing Access and Sustainable Practices to be Addressed at Upcoming Council Meeting in Honolulu

As the U.S. exclusive economic zone available to fishing continues to shrink due to federal regulations, foreign fishing presence increases and Pacific Islands bear the brunt of American conservation efforts, justice

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Palau considers expanding fishing zone in marine sanctuary 

The Palau government, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment (MAFE), is proposing changes to the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) that would significantly increase the area allowed for

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22 fishermen rescued as vessel sinks in Tuvalu waters

Twenty-two fishermen were dramatically rescued on Sunday morning, minutes before their vessel sank in the waters of the South Pacific.  The FV Marielle, a purse seine fishing vessel owned by the Caroline Fisheries

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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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