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Regional Advice and Support
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 07:55

At the regional scale, OFP provides active scientific support to member countries and partners through liaison with the Forum Fisheries Agency, and with sub-regional management arrangements. This approach ensures these organisations and groups, and their member countries, receive the best available scientific advice regarding the management of their tuna fisheries, their requirements are appropriately catered for by the work of the Programme, and that results of OFP research are communicated in a form that best meets those requirements.


Forum Fisheries Agency
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 07:58

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so that its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries. Collaborative work between OFP and the Forum Fisheries Agency and its members has intensified through the OFP's Forum Fisheries Agency liaison role. OFP supports FFA processes through scientific updates on the status of Pacific stocks, analysis of the potential impact of devised management options on future stock status, and the provision of timely scientific advice to answer specific requests. OFP scientific effort and study has supported the work of the Forum Fisheries Committee and its subsidiary bodies, which include:

  • The Management Options Consultation, which develops FFA member positions on regional management options for discussion at the WCPFC;
  • The Sub-committee on South Pacific Tuna and Billfish, whose activities relate to the sustainable management and development of fisheries targeting species that occur mostly below 10° South in latitude, in particular albacore. Members of the committee are Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.


Sub-regional arrangements
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 08:01

The Nauru Agreement is a sub-regional agreement on tuna fishing and fisheries management. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. OFP has provided scientific advice to underpin their sub-regional exclusive economic zone-based management measures, including the PNA's development of the purse seine vessel days scheme (operating as of 2010) and the longline vessel days scheme.
Further scientific support has been provided by OFP to assist the Polynesian-focused Te Vaka Moana Arrangement, a fisheries co-operative that aims to enhance current cooperation and capacity building, as they discuss related fisheries management and development options.



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