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Greenpeace Calls For Pacific Nations To Improve Pole and Line industry Solomon Islands, September 19, 13

Despite strong efforts to gain domestic investment in its tuna industry, Greenpeace has revealed it is shocked that Pacific Island nations face the risk of losing out on proper sustainability and development for their people.

At the 4th Pacific Tuna Forum in the Solomon Islands, Greenpeace organized a workshop that presented recommendations for how to develop small-scale, artisanal fisheries in order to increase their economic returns. Attended by more than 40 participants, the workshop also focused on creating local jobs and protecting the region’s long-term tuna stocks.

Duncan Williams, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Oceans Campaigner said: “The Forum is packed with delegates from distant water fishing nations who continue to profit from and deplete Pacific tuna stocks. Their business models are based upon paying as little as possible for the right to fish, and taking as much of the profit as they can out of the region.

“Pacific Island countries need to adopt a new model of fishery development and start saying ‘no’ to those who use the most destructive methods and have a track record of pirate fishing.”

The session revealed the importance of support from Pacific government in order to improve the pole and line industry. Greenpeace identified that creating a favorable investment and taxation environment will help to achieve this, as well as reserving productive fishing zones for pole and line.

Williams added: “Export markets are crying out for more sustainable tuna. The transformation is not a matter of building a cannery for every island. It is about working together regionally to pool resources and establish a new model for Pacific fisheries, where the fishing, processing and profits are kept local and management returns to Pacific hands.”