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RMI eyes PNG tuna action

RMI eyes PNG tuna action

GIFF JOHNSON The Marshall Islands is watching with interest a new commercial tuna management system launched by Papua New Guinea earlier this year. The recently implemented system by PNG’s National Fisheries Authority rewards purse seiners for landing tuna to be processed on shore in PNG because this increases job opportunities at tuna canneries and processing […]

PNA tuna futures are “green”

PNA tuna futures are “green”

REBECCA LATHROP The Parties to the Nauru Agreement’s (PNA’s) 37th Officials Meeting, held this year in Nauru, included welcoming a new chair, a summary of 2017 accomplishments, a look to the future and a plethora of facts and figures to assist informed decision making. More than 60 attendees included officials from the eight member countries […]

‘Year for Coastal: 2018’

‘Year for Coastal: 2018’

GIFF JOHNSON Florence Edwards, MIMRA’s long-time Coastal Division Chief, is now the fisheries department’s Deputy Director, Coastal. She joins Sam Lanwi, Jr., who is Deputy Director, Oceanic, in the two deputy positions at Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority. Edwards’ elevation to the deputy director position fills a key post at MIMRA. MIMRA Director 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 […]