Key Documents

   Majuro, Marshall Islands 24 June 2017: Pacific tuna resource owners concluded their annual meeting Friday in the Marshall Islands by sending a strong message of their commitment to conserving an

   Majuro, Marshall Islands 17 June 2017: Just days after the UN Oceans Conference in New York City called for action to protect the world’s oceans and to address over-fishing, leaders from the isl

MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) announced today the winners of its annual PNA World Tuna Day Art and Talent Quest.

   Majuro, Marshall Islands 19 April 2017: In addition to regional fisheries management issues, last week’s Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) annual officials meeting focused on strengthening PN

   Majuro, Marshall Islands 10 April 2017: Adding value to the tuna fishery and maintaining cooperation that has led to great benefits for the Parties to the Nauru Agreement was the theme of Monday

   Majuro, Marshall Islands 7 April 2017: Nine islands that control the majority of tuna in the western and central Pacific are meeting in Majuro this week and next, focusing on important tuna mana

Tenders are invited for Consultants to conduct a Study to provide preliminary advice to VDS participants on the feasibility and the potential benefits and costs of transforming the value of VDS PAE

  Majuro, Marshall Islands 27 January 2017: Focusing on strengthening management of the multi-billion dollar central and western Pacific tuna fishery, and supporting innovative ways for islands to

   Majuro, Marshall Islands 31 December 2016: Growing global market demand for MSC-certified tuna and fishing industry interest is expected to see “wild catch” tuna tonnage double from the waters o

   Nadi, Fiji 11 December, 2016: As many as 50,000 fish aggregating devices (FADs) are likely in use in the western and central Pacific tuna fishery, many of which are equipped with increasingly so

PNA Key Documents

PNA member countries are at the forefront of collective decision making about conservation and management of tuna. The PNA is informed by the decisions of its officials, Ministers and national leaders who have drafted Implementing Agreements and Declarations setting out key policies and then amended these as needed to update decisions.

Key documents include:

The Nauru Agreement 

The original agreement setting out the Parties to the Nauru Agreement and their key objectives to control terms and conditions of fishing in their waters.

The Palau Arrangement/Purse Seine Vessel Day Scheme

The agreement detailing the role for the PNA through regular management meetings in managing the tuna stocks and establishing the role and responsibilities of the PNA office. Amended in 2015, this document sets out rules for the Purse Seine Vessel Day Scheme, a unique PNA scheme to sell a limited number of fishing days which has doubled revenue to the PNA countries and advanced its sustainable management of tuna. Also below is the Palau Arrangement for the Long Line Vessel Day Scheme, amended in 2016. 

1st PNA Implementing Arrangement

The PNA 1st Implementing Arrangement began a regional fishing vessel register. This was later followed by development of a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).  Under the VMS, all licensed fishing vessels are required to fit an Automatic Location Communicator which monitors the vessel's position, speed, and course. In this way, fishing vessels are electronically monitored 24/7.

2nd PNA Implementing Arrangement

The 2nd PNA Implementing Arrangement established Minimum Terms and Conditions for fishing in PNA waters which is now the applicable across the Pacific Islands.

3rd PNA Implementing Arrangement

The 3rd PNA Implementing Arrangement, signed in May 2008:

*    decreed fishing vessels will no longer be allowed to fish in high seas pockets as a condition of their licenses
*    banned Fishing Aggregating Devices (FADs, a device used to attract tuna which often results in the capture of juvenile fish) by purse seine fishing vessels for set time periods
*    introduced catch retention (to stop dumping of lower value tuna overboard purse seine fishing vessels)

Bikenibeu Declaration

Signed in Tarawa, Kiribati in 2009, the Bikenibeu Declaration set up the PNA Office to serve its members by strategic fisheries conservation and management, initiatives to maximize profitability and benefits for Pacific Islanders and promotion of PNA waters as a globally recognized, sustainably managed and certified tuna fishery.

Koror Declaration

Signed in Palau, in 2010, at the 1st PNA Presidential Summit, the Koror Declaration:

 *   confirmed and supported the Vessel Day Scheme (whereby fishing is limited y a set number of fishing days)
 *   closed off all high seas areas to fishing (latitude 10 degrees North and 20 degrees South)
 *   endorsed plans to proceed with the full assessment for Marine Stewardship Council certification of the skipjack fishery as sustainable.


Longline Vessel Day Scheme

Benchmark fees

Signed in Palau, in 2013, see the latest Memorandum of Understanding on minimum bench mark fees and resolution on other fisheries management measures.

These documents can be downloaded by clicking the document title below or clicking the respective links provided.


Get In Contact With Us

Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)
PNA Office PO Box 3992

Majuro, Marshall Islands
MH 96960
Phone: +692 625 7626/7627
Fax: +692 625 7628

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