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Pacific Fisheries Officials Discuss Tuna Commission Protection Measures

Pacific members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission are gathering in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to discuss tuna conservation measures.

Officials from a number of Forum Fisheries Agency member countries are to also strategize on their position on key issues heading into the annual 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 officials will look at how various member countries can best implement the conservation measures adopted at last year’s Tuna Commission meeting to reduce overfishing of Bigeye and Yellowfin.

“One of the things is building on some of our already successful areas of co-operation to make sure that in particular the control of the illegal fishing side of it is taken into account. Because obviously with this new conservation and management measure, the Pacific Island countries must monitor and enforce a whole new level of regulations on what’s happening at sea.”