Parties to the Nauru Agreement

PNA HQ moves forward

PNA HQ moves forward

Parties to the Nauru Agreement’s (PNA’s) CEO Ludwig Kumoru and PNA Commercial Manager Maurice Brownjohn met with PII CEO Jerry Kramer last week for a small signing ceremony that sets the stage for a big PNA building project. PII has already commenced demolition/site preparation work at the former Won Hai Shien/Jemen Ei Corporation facilities next […]

Majuro band wins top PNA prize

Majuro band wins top PNA prize

The PNA Office in Majuro announced winners for this year’s “Smart Tuna – Smart Ocean” Talent Quest 2018 — with a Majuro band taking the $3,000 top prize for the first time in the seven-year-old PNA contest. Winning first place is “Our Waters,” a song by Majuro band Diversity Music. It’s a lively tune with […]

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 […]

PNA groundbreaking ceremony

PNA groundbreaking ceremony

Eight PNA countries plus Tokelau celebrated Wednesday night with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new four-story headquarters building, set to replace the old Won Hai Shien building on Uliga Dock on Majuro. Ministers from the member countries donned helmets and vests and shoveled dirt, commemorating the event. The event was held in the lead up […]

Minister Matt: ‘He got things done’

Minister Matt: ‘He got things done’

GIFF JOHNSON Mattlan Zackhras, a four-term member of Nitijela who was a key figure in successful grassroots community development on Namdrik Atoll and who the past two years has been outspoken globally on the need for climate action, died this week in Taipei. Zackhras, 47, who has represented Namdrik Atoll in Nitijela since January 2004, […]

Big bucks team meets in Majuro

Big bucks team meets in Majuro

Ministers from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) launched their 12th annual meeting in Majuro Wednesday. President Hilda Heine recognized the organization for growing fisheries revenue of members nations from $60 million to nearly $500 million in seven years. She urged the fisheries leaders not to be complacent because of PNA’s success, but instead […]

Buyers love PNA’s Pacifical tuna

Buyers love PNA’s Pacifical tuna

The PNA’s Pacifical tuna label was praised by a major Australian food company for being the “only true sustainable” fishing model in the world. Over the last 15 months, Australian-based Simplot, a large agricultural and seafood supply company with annual sales over $5 billion, has sold 100 million cans of tuna with the Pacifical/Marine Stewardship […]

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 […]

UN vote confirms World Tuna Day

UN vote confirms World Tuna Day

The United Nations General Assembly voted last week to establish World Tuna Day as an internationally-recognized event. The event initiated by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) in 2011 has now gained international ratification for the annual celebration of tuna on May 2. The United Nations General Assembly voted without objection to ratify a […]