Pohnpei (Palikir), FSM 12 June 2015: Another global first yesterday for the Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) when they passed an initiative to trial a charge of US$1,000 on each Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) set in PNA waters.
In what was dubbed the "free school initiative," Ministers at the annual PNA ministerial meeting in Federated States of Micronesia's capital Palikir, decided that a US$1,000 fee paid on top of the Vessel Day Scheme fee would be good incentive "not to set nets on FADs."
Pohnpei, FSM 11 June 2015: The host nation of the Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) Ministerial Meeting has called on Ministers to be strong when making decisions given the circumstances in which they make them and the stakeholders involved.
Opening the two day meeting, Federated States of Micronesia's President His Excellency Peter Christian said limited resources, diminishing aid and the overarching threat of climate change and sea level rise would become a strong tide against efforts to better manage ocean resources.
Pohnpei, 11 June 2015: The outgoing Chairman of the Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) Ministerial meeting and Tuvalu's Fisheries Minister Pita Elisala said his nation has refused to sell fishing days to nations that have blocked their initiatives to develop and sustain their own fishery. His strong worded statement set the stage for an interesting PNA ministerial meeting at Palikir in Pohnpei this morning.
Mr Elisala said they were concerned with the way these nations had treated them in the past but they had refused to sell them fishing days.
Pohnpei, 10 June 2015: Officials of the Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) have made a number of recommendations for their Ministers deliberation and action tomorrow (June 10) when the Ministers meeting begins here.
After two days of meeting and exchanging views on each of the issues brought to the table the officials have come up with a number of recommendations they will take up to their ministers.
Majuro 9 June 2015 — Ministers from the eight members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) meet in Pohnpei this week with an agenda focusing on adopting policies and programs to expand conservation measures and improve management of the multi-billion dollar tuna fishery in the western and central Pacific.
Majuro 27 March 2015 — Contrary to criticism levied by fishing industry officials and a New Zealand MP, the PNA is not undermining sustainability of tuna resources in the western and central Pacific ocean because of short-term greed.
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), which control waters where over 50 percent of the global supply of skipjack tuna is caught, are leading the region in enforcement of effective conservation initiatives, while securing fair value for fish caught in their waters, said PNA CEO Dr. Transform Aqorau.
Majuro, Marshall Islands 22 March 2015 — A range of decisions to support the fisheries development aspirations of the eight members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) were endorsed during the PNA annual meeting held in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia during the second week of March.
Auckland, New Zealand 21 March 2015 — The CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) today rejected criticism from New Zealand and United States fishing industry interests of the organization’s tuna management system, saying these are attempts to bully small island countries that are successfully conserving fisheries resources while increasing economic benefits for themselves.
Majuro 28 February, 2015 — Actions taken by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) since establishment of its office in Majuro in 2010 have resulted in quadrupling of revenue to the eight member nations, and implementation of numerous innovative conservation and management measures impacting giving PNA Parties greater control of the US$6 billion fishery in the central and western Pacific.
Majuro February 2, 2015: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are gearing for their annual meeting in early March, with an ambitious agenda in motion for 2015.
With PNA’s Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) controlling the purse seine fishery and generating the largest-ever share of fisheries revenue to the eight member nations, PNA is focusing efforts in 2015 on consolidating these gains and setting the stage for expanding control over tuna resources.