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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 […]

Fisheries observers get help

Fisheries observers get help

YVETTE MONDAY Fisheries observers have been hailed for the work they do as the eyes and eared of Pacific countries. They are the frontline officers collecting catch data vital to understanding how many fish are left and how to ensure sustainability of the stocks. Transform Aqorau, the CEO of the PNA group of countries, says […]

Island fisheries reps disappointed

Island fisheries reps disappointed

Five days of exhaustive talks at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) yielded mixed results for Pacific island states. But the Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) said it was “deeply disappointed with the failure” of the WCPFC “to reach an amicable solution on bigeye tuna that would address its […]

Battle for Pacific tuna

Battle for Pacific tuna

The visit to Majuro this week by a New Zealand team reviewing commercial tuna management schemes highlights a growing debate between the eight PNA members and distant water fishing nations. The conflict centers on whether “catch limits” are better than “effort limits,” which is what PNA uses to manage the skipjack tuna fishery. Effort limits […]