Glen Joseph

Sophia’s kin have a blast

Sophia’s kin have a blast

A long time ago, a German trader and a Marshallese woman had a daughter named Sophia. She was known for flawless complexion and beauty. One day, Sophia accompanied her father on a business voyage to Mwoakil, an outer island in Pohnpei. There, the then Nahnmwarki (high chief) caught sight of the girl. Story has it […]

PNA: Unity, adding value to fishery

PNA: Unity, adding value to fishery

Adding value and maintaining cooperation that has led to great benefits from commercial tuna fishing for the Parties to the Nauru Agreement was the theme of Monday’s opening session. The five-day PNA annual officials meeting kicked off Monday at Marshall Islands Resort with Kiribati’s Principal Fisheries Officer Aketa Taanga handing over chairmanship of the PNA […]

RMI hits ‘home run’

RMI hits ‘home run’

Hundreds of people from all walks of life — national and local elected leaders, teachers, students, non-government groups and off-island visitors — attended this week’s three-day, first-ever National Oceans Symposium that put big picture issues about fisheries, ocean conservation, sustainability and climate on the table for talk and action. MIMRA Director Glen Joseph said the […]

MIMRA praised as model in region

MIMRA praised as model in region

The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) was singled out for praise by a new book that provides an overview of Pacific fisheries management. The nearly 700-page book says MIMRA is one of the few fisheries departments in the island region that produces an annual report, which is essential for both promoting fisheries and being […]

Fishing boat held at Uliga Dock

Fishing boat held at Uliga Dock

A Philippines fishing vessel with 79 crew members was confined and prevented from entry to the Marshall Islands Thursday after arriving in the country without a fishing license or any advance communication with authorities. “It was a surprise to me to hear this vessel arrived,” said Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority Director Glen Joseph speaking […]

Koo’s flags 2 in FSM

Koo’s flags 2 in FSM

GIFF JOHNSON Two of seven Koo’s Fishing Company purse seiners recently reflagged in the Federated States of Micronesia. Does this indicate that Koo’s is moving out of RMI and that the high-level of tuna transshipment featured in Port Majuro for the past several years is moving to Pohnpei? “No” on both counts, though RMI’s fisheries […]

US fishing deal collapses

US fishing deal collapses

GIFF JOHNSON The fishing treaty between the United States and the Pacific islands has collapsed. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the American tuna fleet will not be authorized to fish in the western Pacific starting New Year’s day, this Friday. The US government last week told the nearly 40 American purse seiners […]