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Friday 8 December 2017

Manila, Philippines
A new Tropical Tunas Bridging Measure was adopted in the early hours of this morning, after a marathon session by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in the Philippines this week. The Chair and the Executive Director today issued a joint statement on the outcomes of the 14th annual meeting of the Commission, which also include a Conservation and Management Measure on Pacific Bluefin, bycatch mitigation strategies and conservation measures on marine pollution.
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Wednesday 6 December 2017
Manila, Philippines
Different approaches towards managing a heavily depleted fish stock have emerged between two Pacific nations. At the 14th annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) currently being held in Manila, Philippines, the Solomon Islands and the Cooks Islands – home to the two biggest southern albacore fisheries - have separately voiced preferences for competing management systems for the tuna.
Sunday 11 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 50.8kg sailfish caught by Rehan Razak on the Hustle and Flow was the heaviest fish caught during a two-days fishing tournament, June 3-5 run by the Nuku’alofa Fishing Club.
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Wednesday 7 June 2017
Rome, Italy
Illegal fishing operators will now find it harder to offload and sell the fish they catch, under enhanced United Nations measures to stamp out llegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
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Friday 24 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ioana Sugar was the highest scoring angler at the Billfish Bar Steinlager Tournament held on 18 March.
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Monday 12 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A father (40) and teenage son (14) from ‘Ohonua went missing on Saturday, December 10 on a fishing trip, after their small boat reportedly suffered engine failure on their way to Fa’iana, a shoal situated north of the outer island.
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Thursday 18 February 2016
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Efforts to reach an agreement between Pacific parties and the US on the fishing treaty is still ongoing. The US request for fewer fishing days was discussed at a Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) meeting in Nadi, Fiji, last week.
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Tuesday 9 February 2016
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Catching yellowfin tuna using the free-school fishing method has earned The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) a Seafood Champion Award 2016 and certification to carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label. Dr Transform Agorau said it was humbling to obtain international recognition for the vision to manage tuna fisheries effectively from their small office in the Marshall Islands.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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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Thursday 10 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
The Pacific and China are on a collision course as they search for agreement in the management of the region’s southern Albacore tuna stock, says a regional fisheries official.
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Thursday 10 December 2015
Bali, Indonesia
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
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Tuesday 1 December 2015

Bali, Indonesia
The United States is on a collision course with Pacific nations as it attempts to get itself off the hook on a fishing deal signed in September.
Friday 21 August 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Aquaculture plays a vital role in providing nutrition and jobs in developing nations but more aquaculture is needed. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that the amount of farm-reared fish must increase from 66 million tons annually to 93 million tons by 2030 to maintain current levels of per capita global fish consumption.
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Tuesday 19 August 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A disturbing internet video highlighted by the New Zealand media yesterday shows what appears to be four Fijian men being shot dead in the ocean by Asian seaman from on board a fishing vessel.
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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.
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Tuesday 4 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ability of the domestic industry to compete in the southern long-line albacore fishery has hit the point of no return. Tying-up vessels and sending employees home is now the reality that is faced by the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association members that have an interest in this fishery. Tonga has one domestic vessel left – down from a high of 26. - PITIA
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Friday 13 December 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Islands fisheries development projects have received USD$45 million in allocations from the European Union over the last four years to help promote sustainable management of fisheries resources and with the aim of ensuring maximum economic returns for the region from the resources. However, the countries in the region are mainly responsible for their own development - based on national strategies, the European Union reported.
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Monday 7 October 2013
Pohnpei, Micronesia
Greenpeace is criticizing the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commissions (WCPFC) for its lack of transparency in technical and compliance meetings held last week in Pohnpei, Micronesia, and voiced its alarm at what it called the failure of WCPFC members to sustainably manage tuna stocks.
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Tuesday 24 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Greenpeace and the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) have criticized Pacific Island governments for allowing subsidized distant-water fishing fleets to fish in Pacific Islands waters.
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Wednesday 12 June 2013
Canberra, Australia
The Pacific Patrol Boat Training program that includes Tonga will run for a minimum of four years after the Australian Maritime College Search won a $10 million Commonwealth contract to continue the program, with an option for extension.
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