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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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Tuesday 15 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The selling of fishing licenses with little or no obligation to the resource owners is not a smart fisheries management decision. PITIA appreciates the need for an influx of income to national budgets, but the sustainability of our resources and the ability to continue to earn from our ocean is our overarching economic goal.
Thursday 8 November 2012
Auckland, New Zealand
Industry leaders from across the Pacific and New Zealand are set to come together on 14th November for a one-day fisheries forum to discuss partnership opportunities for the future in an increasingly competitive region.
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Friday 26 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second drowning death of a fisherman off Tongatapu was reported by the Tonga Police this afternoon. The body of a 22 year old fisherman from Patangata was found on the reef today by other fishermen returning from Pangaimotu Island.
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Thursday 23 August 2012
Sydney, Australia:
The Pacific Ocean faces threats from over-fishing, pollution and climate change. Annually more than 786,000 tonnes of fish are illegally taken from the Pacific and its tuna fisheries are in danger of being over exploited. “The Pacific Ocean unites all the countries in the region,” said Marea Hatziolos, Senior Coastal and Marine Specialist for the World Bank. “Tremendous progress has been achieved regionally in fisheries agreements and conservation, but the battle is not yet won. This is a timely focus, at a critical juncture for Pacific Island populations.”
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Saturday 17 December 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Islands Tuna Association (PITIA), in expressing serious concern over the rapid buildup of the Southern Long Line fleet, is reiterating the unease being felt by its members.
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Saturday 7 May 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two ancient turtles thought to be 150-170 years old were rescued from a certain slow death on the Nuku'alofa waterfront yesterday morning by local conservationists who saw their plight and rallied local businesses for support to save them.
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Friday 2 July 2010
Brisbane, Australia
Foreign tuna industry power brokers blocked developing nations trying to protect tuna stocks in their own waters at a key international fisheries meeting that closed today in Brisbane.
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Saturday 13 March 2010
Noumea, New Caledonia
Twenty scientists gathered recently at an International Tuna Tagging Workshop held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SPC) headquarters in New Caledonia. The world's largest ever tuna tagging project has released over 250,000 tagged tuna into the equatorial Western and Central Pacific Ocean and 35,000 tags have already been recovered. The data being collected will help in sustaining and protecting the world's largest resource of tuna.
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Wednesday 11 February 2009
Vava'u,Tonga
Tonga's Giant Trevally is attracting Japanese anglers to Vava'u and their activities have been filmed for Japanese television.
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Thursday 11 December 2008
Taiji, Japan
Fishing culture is nowhere as important as it is in Japan where the practices are passed down for generations, sustaining livelihoods through trade and maintaining a community's identity. And the hunting of dolphins is very much part of those practices. Story and photos by Linny Folau
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