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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Results for Pacific tuna stocks
Thursday 10 December 2015
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.
Monday 7 October 2013
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.