TUNA DECISION MAKERS
***Parties to the Nauru Agreement***
Parties to the Nauru Agreement – known as PNA – is a group of countries managing 50% of the world’s supply of canned tuna. Its arrangements, rules and decisions influences international tuna prices and industry, as well as regional tuna policy in the Pacific.
Member nations are Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.
PNA has been a champion for marine conservation and management, taking unilateral action to conserve overfished bigeye tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, including closures of high seas pockets, seasonal bans on use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD), satellite tracking of boats, in port transshipment, 100 percent observer coverage of purse seiners, closed areas for conservation, mesh size regulations, tuna catch retention requirements, hard limits on fishing effort, prohibitions against targeting whale sharks, shark action plans, and other conservation measures to protect the marine ecosystem.
***Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission***
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meets to formulate Conservation and Management Measures that apply across the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Their main forum is the Annual Session in December each year, and also the Scientific Committee and the Technical Compliance Committee meet annually.
Australia, China, Canada, Cook Islands, European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu.
American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna.
Office Location: Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: +691 320 1992 or 320 1993
Current media spokesperson: Director Glen Hurry
***Forum Fisheries Committee***
The Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC) is comprised of one representative of each of the 17 members. The representative may be assisted by deputies.
The FFC meets once a year at its annual session, normally held in the first week of May and again in special meetings held at other times of the year, according to its discretion and agenda. Meetings are closed to the public and attempt is made to reach decisions by consensus among member countries, although there is also the ability to take issues to a vote (each party has one vote and a two thirds majority is required of all parties present for the vote to pass).
FFC makes decisions such as joint positions or proposals for the Pacific Islands to take to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and rules to implement across its members, such as common Minimum Terms and Conditions for fishing licences.
***Secretariat of the Pacific Community***
The Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) has a vision for the organisation that it is a highly professional, technically competent, bilingual and dynamic regional organisation that delivers excellent services to members in technical areas under its jurisdiction, which add value to and complement members’ own efforts to achieve their national sustainable development goals. In fisheries, this translates to the provision of scientific advice (including tuna stocks assessment), technical advice (such as on fisheries management and enforcement) and provision of joint services (such as coordination of fisheries observer data).
The Pacific Community has 26 members. They include the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories served by SPC: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna plus Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States of America (four of the founding countries).
***Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency***
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries. FFA's 17 Pacific Island members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
FFA was established to help countries sustainably manage their fishery resources that fall within their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA is an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members who make sovereign decisions about their tuna resources and participate in regional decision making on tuna management through agencies such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
***Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association***
With its membership covering 14 Pacific Island countries and several national industry associations, the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) provides information and services to its members to encourage information and engagement of industry in key policy decisions affecting their businesses.
Tri Marine’s business includes fishing, procurement, processing, and trading of tuna and other seafood products. A privately held company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Tri Marine has offices in 14 countries with 12 processing plants strategically located around the globe. The company’s fleet of 21 fishing vessels operates primarily in the Western Pacific, ten based in American Samoa. Since its founding in 1971 in Singapore, Tri Marine has grown to be one of the largest tuna supply companies in the world serving well-known CPG brands as well as processing plants and fishing companies.
Trimarine has processing operations in Solomon Islands and American Samoa.
Marine Stewardship Council
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a global non-profit organisation set up to help transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis. The MSC ecolabel and fishery certification program recognise and reward sustainable fishing practices. MSC works with with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental choice in seafood.
Pew's Global Tuna campaign focuses on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Goals include securing sustainable management for tuna populations, ending illegal fishing, protecting sharks, conserving biodiversity on the high seas, and ensuring a lasting ocean legacy by safeguarding some of the most special places in the ocean.
Office Location: Washington DC, USA
Telephone: +1 202-552-2000
The Offshore Fisheries programme at WWF South Pacific is an advocacy, awareness, research and policy input initiative that has been working with our network of WWF offices globally and partners to improve the health and management of tuna fisheries in the Pacific Islands region.
THE PNA MEMBER COUNTRIES
FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA www.fsmgov.org/nfc/
PAPUA NEW GUINEA www.fisheries.gov.pg
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