The New Zealand Defence Force has taken part in a multi-national fisheries patrol that covered an area 22 times the size of New Zealand. The operation, from 19-31 May involved seven members of the Forum Fisheries Agency, including Tonga. Some 57 vessels were boarded by authorities during the operation in the exclusive economic zones.
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Results for tuna
Tuesday 4 June 2019
Wellington, New Zealand
Friday 3 May 2019
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
On World Tuna Day we are reminded of the need to maximise the economic and social benefits from tuna for our people, our communities and our Pacific region. We are also reminded of the critical importance of protecting this rich resource,” says FFA Director General, Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen.
Wednesday 6 March 2019
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Pacific Island countries are aiming to improve and expand the management of tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean under the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) through a range of initiatives to be implemented by 2020.
Wednesday 6 December 2017
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.
Friday 1 April 2016
A two-year study on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Pacific Ocean has valued the loss at over US$600 million per year resulting in Pacific Island nations stepping up plans to deter and eventually stop illegal fishing activities.
Wednesday 3 February 2016
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.
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.
Thursday 5 February 2015
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced its intentions to increase local Tuna catches for Pacific Islanders in order to improve food security. The plan is to expand the use of Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) to improve the local capacity for Tuna catches.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
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.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) has complained that Albacore and Bigeye Tuna stocks are continuing to decline in the Western Pacific as a result of overfishing.
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.
Tuesday 11 September 2012
Tonga has only two domestic tuna longline vessels in operation, a significant and continuing decline in fishing activity compared to 26 vessels operating in 2002, according to a a report released last week, while fishing by foreign vessels is booming in the waters of five Pacific island countries including Tonga.
Friday 29 June 2012
Developing and strengthening the capacity of Forum Fisheries Agency members to harvest and control tuna resources in a sustainable way was a key issue to be discussed at the 8th Annual Ministerial Forum Fisheries Committee Meeting held from June 28-29 in Tonga.
Monday 17 November 2008
The Japanese love their tuna and nothing demonstrates their passion as well as the fish-mania that goes on every morning at the legendary Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo - the mother of all fish markets and a popular tourist destination. By Linny Folau
Tuesday 28 September 2004
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
A newly formed tuna industry association says that tuna stocks in the Pacific are coming under too much pressure from poorly regulated foreign fishing fleets. It wants Pacific Island governments to be stricter about the number of licenses that are issued to fishing vessels.