POHNEPEI, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, MONDAY 10 OCTOBER 2011: If the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) recent conservation measures and the current management measure on bigeye tuna by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) continues, overfishing of bigeye tuna will discontinue, scientists said.
Overfishing of bigeye tuna, a popular sashimi fish, caught by longline fishing and as bycatch in purse seine fishing, is a problem in the region, despite healthy levels of other tunas such as skipjack tuna (commonly used for canned tuna).Read more
This is the second Quarterly Report from the PNA Office highlighting the activities of the PNA office during the quarter. The key features of the quarter were the trading of days between the Parties, progress on the establishment of the VDS Monitoring and Information Systems, development of the Business Plan, conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a minimum bench mark fee, consultations on the scoping of the PNA Observer Agency, and establishment of the PNA Crewing Agency (Coordination Unit).Read more
KOROR, PALAU, WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2011: Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Director Dr Transform Aqorau, in a speech to the Pacific Tuna Forum 2011, told tuna industry participants to work with the PNA or risk losing access to its rich fishing grounds.Read more
KOROR, PALAU, TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2011: Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) members opened the Pacific Tuna Forum 2011, a major gathering of government, industry and other stakeholders interested in Pacific tuna, with calls for greater participation of Pacific Islanders in the tuna industry.Read more
PACIFIC ISLANDS, THURSDAY 4 AUGUST 2011: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) today launched a unique film for management and crew onboard purse seine fishing vessels. Modeled on safety demonstration videos screened to aeroplane passengers, the new PNA video, teaches crew about the five key rules of the PNA and how to comply. It will be mandatory to view the film before setting out from port, as part of the new PNA Observer Programme.Read more
PACIFIC ISLANDS, THURSDAY 28 JULY 2011: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Ministers returned to their countries this week from their recent meeting in Samoa, with strong PNA positions calling for distant water fishing nations to take their own conservation actions to make regional tuna management more fair among all the stakeholders in the Western and Central Pacific.Read more
Governor Togiola Tulafono joined Tri Marine International to welcome to American Samoa the honorable ministers of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement on Saturday, July 23, 2011 for a two-day familiarization visit to the Territory.
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, or the PNA, control 25% of the world’s supply of tuna. Countries of the PNA include the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.Read more
PACIFIC ISLANDS, FRIDAY 15 JULY 2011: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are one step closer to gaining the globally recognized MSC eco-label for sustainable harvested tuna, after the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accepted and today published the very detailed consultation and assessment report by consultants, Intertek Moody Marine Ltd, which strongly recommends MSC certification of PNA free school skipjack tuna.Read more
Welcome to the first PNA Quarterly Report. These reports will detail activities undertaken by the PNA Office in the previous quarter and progress on the implementation of decisions adopted by Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA). We will also give you a snapshot of the status of fisheries in the past quarter, and progress with respect to implementation of decisions adopted by the Parties. Since this is the first such Report, the duration reported is January - June 2011.Read more
The PNG National Fisheries Authority (NFA) Managing Director and Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Chairman Mr. Sylvester Pokajam and Delegates including the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) undertook an Investment Mission in Fisheries to China at the invitation of the Shanghai Fisheries General Corporation Group (SFGC) last week.Read more