14 Feb 2006

Island countries back new fisheries management agency for South Pacific

4:05 pm on 14 February 2006

Pacific countries have come out in support of an international initiative to establish a Regional Fisheries Management Organisation or RFMO to protect non migratory fish species.

Twenty nine countries are currently in New Zealand's capital Wellington to look at how they can protect those parts of the South Pacific Ocean which do not come under the mandate of agencies such as Forum Fisheries and Tuna Commission.

The Deputy Director of the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Samuel Lanwi, says while they support the idea there are other animal species that need to be covered.

"There's been talk of sea birds as well as they tend to get caught in hooks and things like that, so mainly more environmental issues are being discussed."