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Friday, 10 December 2004

European Union to become member of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in 2005

European Union to become member of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in 2005

Commissioner Joe Borg, responsible for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, has welcomed the invitation extended to the EU on 9 December last to become a Member of the newly established Regional Fisheries Organisation (RFO) for the Western and Central Pacific tuna resources. The inaugural meeting of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) was held in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, on 9-10 December. At this meeting, following a proposal from Forum Fisheries Agency (Pacific Island States), the EU has been invited by consensus to become a Member of this Organisation with the strong support of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Fiji, and other Members. The EU will become a Member from the first days of 2005, after the deposit of the Instrument of Ratification with the Depositary, New Zealand. This accession to the WCPFC means that the EU is now a Member of all five tuna RFOs in the world. The Commission has nominated M. Glenn Hurry (Australia) as its first Chairman and M Michael Lodge as the first Executive Director of the Organisation.