4 Nov 2013

Fisheries governance needs to stay ahead of new trends

11:33 am on 4 November 2013

A Pacific representative appointed to the recently formed Global Ocean Commission says reforming international fisheries governance and management is one of the goals of the new body.

The former Ulu of Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa, who is also the country's energy minister, is one of 17 commissioners on the panel formed earlier this year to restore a healthy ocean and sustainable productivity.

He is meeting with other Pacific leaders and institutions leading up to the Commission's third meeting in Oxford in the United Kingdom at the end of this month to discuss concerns they have.

Aliki Faipule Toloa says the Commission has already identified a number of issues.

"One of the proposals is to modernise ocean governance to provide certainty and also equity and accountability for current and new activities on the high seas and especially looking at minerals because the next trend is going to be seabed mining."

Aliki Faipule Toloa says eliminating harmful subsidies which promote unsustainable fishing practices is another area they are looking at.