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Friday, 15 December 2017

A trade spat between Fiji and Papua New Guinea has reportedly ended. The spat was over Fiji's refusal to allow PNG food products to enter the country. Fiji TV reports that it has confirmed that the Government and Biosecurity Authority would soon allow PNG products such as corned beef, rice and biscuits to be imported. The Fiji authorities had reportedly met with the manufacturers of corned beef products, and rice and other food companies. Fiji's trade minister, Faiyaz Koya, said he was happy with the progress.

It’s the scariest thing to face the Caribbean since Johnny Depp’s eyeliner in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The area known for coconuts is battling a serious shortage of its signature crop. Sorry, coconut milk and water lovers. The serious shortage comes following a multipronged attack of storms, droughts, bugs and the creepy-sounding Lethal Yellowing, a disease that kills palm trees. Result: Caribbean plantations have already shrunk up to 17% since 1994, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Pacific island states and countries failed on Friday to strike a deal to protect shrinking supplies of tuna and adopt cutbacks following a regional conference, officials said, sparking condemnation from conservationists. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest tuna fishing ground, accounting for almost 60% of the global catch. But supplies are dwindling and conservationists say urgent action is needed to ensure populations remain viable.

The African Union is pushing for uniform fishing laws and increased investment in the sector to control the $2.5 billion worth of resources currently trawled away by advanced nations. Mr Bruce Mukanda, a senior programme officer at the AU's Animal Bureau said all member states need to adopt a framework already developed by the continental body. "At the continental perspective, we are looking at individual country policies as we aim to harmonise them across the continent in order to harness this huge fisheries resource," Mr Mukanda said in Nairobi during a Ticad VI side event. Kenya is one of the countries that are yet to exploit their fisheries potential

The world’s largest conservation congress kicked off last Friday in Hawaii and the Pacific Community has joined over 8,000 global leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous groups, business and academia, to garner support for stronger action towards a sustainable future. The Pacific Community director general Dr. Colin Tukuitonga attended the Pacific Ocean Summit at the start of the IUCN Congress and moderated a session on Action on Climate Change-reducing emissions, increasing renewable energy, which included addresses from the President of the Republic of Marshall Islands, H.E. Dr Hilda Heine, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Hon. Enele Sopoaga.