Ways to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Tonga’s waters to protect tuna resources were discussed at a three day workshop held by Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) officials in Tonga from 25-29 January 2016, when a new monitoring strategy was implemented.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016
Thursday 10 December 2015
Five days of exhaustive talks at the annual meeting for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) have yielded mixed results for Pacific Island states, in Bali this week. Among the major successes, members were able to agree on a target reference point for skipjack tuna - the Pacific’s most valuable stock. However, other important and fragile fish stocks like albacore tuna will have to wait another year for development of harvest strategies
Thursday 2 July 2015
The development of Tonga’s tuna fishing industry has failed miserably despite tireless efforts made by the Forum Fisheries Agency to support its development in Tonga over the past years, Hon. Semisi Fakahau Tonga’s Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries, said in Tuvalu this week.
Tuesday 3 March 2015
A Forum Fisheries Agency Awareness Workshop on measures to combat illegal fishing is being held for local authorities in Nuku’alofa on March 3-5.
Wednesday 28 May 2014
Two foreign fishing boats were boarded in Tongan waters and one apprehended during a ten-day maritime surveillance operation to quell illegal fishing across the South Pacific Ocean, that ended last Friday 23 May.
Saturday 15 February 2014
Noumea, New Caledonia
There is a urgent need for Pacific nations to rise above national agendas and act regionally, to respond effectively to the economic crisis in the Pacific’s albacore long line fisheries, warns the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency Director-General James Movick. Pacific countries will also need to confront distant water fishing nations to reconcile their narrow fishing interests with their broader role as key strategic and development partners of this region, he said.
Friday 6 December 2013
Overfishing of tuna in the Pacific Islands has led to calls to substantially reduce fishing effort for Big-eye and Bluefin and to introduce strengthened catch limits for Albacore. Meeting in Cairns, Australia this week, Pacific islands delegates to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) are renewing their efforts for sustainable management of tuna stocks.