27 Jun 2017

PNA looks to improve relations with other Pacific agencies

9:25 am on 27 June 2017

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement are planning a change of tack - they are going to be nicer to other bodies in the region.

PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru

PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru Photo: PNA facebook

The PNA is made up of eight countries, plus Tokelau, and controls much of the Pacific's tuna resources.

It has taken an aggressive approach and in seven years increased revenue eight fold.

The PNA intends maintaining this drive but the chief executive Ludwig Kumoru sais they also wanted to improve links with organisations like the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the Pacific Forum Fisheries agency.

"We sort of pushed on with what we believe had to be done and in so doing we created differences in organisations, so now that we know where we are I think it is about time we started amending some of these relationships."

This was one of the outcomes of a meeting of fisheries ministers last week in Majuro in the Marshall Islands.

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