15 Jun 2009

Officials consider further Pacific moves to end depletion of tuna fishery

3:04 pm on 15 June 2009

Officials from a number of Forum Fisheries Agency member countries are in Honiara this week to discuss strategies for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission, meeting in December.

Members represented include Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Indonesia and Philippines.

The FFA spokesperson, Anouk Ride, says the officials will discuss how the various member countries are how implementing the conservation measures adopted at last year's Tuna Commission meeting in South Korea to reduce overfishing of Bigeye and Yellowfin.

"What the Pacific Island countries are looking at this week is how do we do it and where do we go for further assistance and what might be the gaps in taking this forward. So we've got five days to sort of nut out some of these issues about how we implement the WCPFC conservation and management measures from last year and what we're looking forward to for this year."

Anouk Ride