2 Dec 2014

Tuvaluan to head Tuna Commission

9:40 pm on 2 December 2014

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement are applauding the election of a Tuvaluan as the new Executive Director of the Western and Central Pacific Fishing Commission.

Dr Feleti Teo, a former Director General of the Forum Fisheries Agency and current Interim Director of the Pacific Islands Development Forum was appointed today in Samoa where the week long annual meeting of the Pacific Tuna Commission is underway.

Speaking from Apia, the PNA Chief Executive, Dr Transform Aqorau says the appointment is an important one for Pacific Island countries as they continue to negotiate with powerful distant water fishing countries for better management of Tuna stocks in the region.

"One of our sons of the Pacific is being put up to head an important organisation and institution. From that perspective we are very proud of that achievement and the support that countries from the Pacific and also others from the fishing nations have given to Feleti to perform this very important task."

Dr Transform Aqorau

Frozen albacore tuna offloaded in Lami, Fiji

Frozen albacore tuna offloaded in Lami, Fiji Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley

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