19 May 2008

Forum Fisheries Agency ministers meet today

10:12 am on 19 May 2008

Some member countries of the Forum Fisheries Agency are expected to reveal new measures to ensure the sustainable management of ocean resources.

It will be a key discussion at this year's FFA meeting that's being hosted by the Palau government.

The FFA is tasked with providing expert fisheries management and development advice and services to member countries.

Sub regional and steering committee meetings were held prior to the two day minister's meeting that begins today.

FFA Deputy director Dr Transform Aqorau, says over 100 delegates from 16 Pacific Island countries are taking part, and parties to a Nauru fisheries agreement have come up with a proposal.

"think one of the main things on the agenda is looking at additional conservation management measures. The parties of the Nauru agreement have put something forward, that they will take to the wider membership and so the ministers might be proposing a new measure for catch retention and closing off the high seas."

Dr Transform Aqorau.

Member countries include the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.