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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

In December 2015 the European Commission proposed a revised system for issuing and managing fishing authorisations, intended to improve monitoring and transparency of the EU external fishing fleet. The proposal, replacing the current 'Fishing Authorisations Regulation' 1006/2008, would apply to all EU vessels fishing outside EU waters, and to third-country vessels fishing in EU waters. The current scope of the authorisation system would be extended to include practices which have been poorly monitored so far, such as private agreements between EU companies and third countries and abusive reflagging operations.

Monday, 18 April 2016

The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, has rejected opposition claims that a deal with the European Union on fishing access is illegal. The opposition had contended that the secretary of marine resources, Ben Ponia, by initialling the plan, had acted illegally. The US$6.5 million dollar deal would grant access to four EU purse seiners to catch up to 7,000 tonnes of tuna a year in the Cooks' Exclusive Economic Zone. Mr Puna, who is also fisheries minister, said all Mr Ponia has done is initial a draft agreement for discussion and negotiation purposes.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Cook Islands opposition says a purse seine fishing agreement with the European Union is invalid because it's been signed off incorrectly. However a government spokesperson, Edwin Pittman, says the government is yet to complete the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement. But the opposition leader, Teina Bishop, insists it has been approved by cabinet and merely needs to be rubber stamped by prime minister Henry Puna. He says the document was initialled by the Marine Resources secretary for the EU to endorse, but under the 2005 Marine Resources Act, only the minister, who happens to be Henry Puna, can do that.

Monday, 11 April 2016

The Cook Islands cabinet has given its support to the Prime Minister to proceed with a fisheries agreement with the European Union. The prime minister Henry Puna said the Pacific was pursuing the best course for the future of the region's fisheries, and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement illustrated how the Cook Islands was cooperating at the broader international level. Mr Puna said the main element of the agreement, worth 6.5 million US dollars, was access for four EU purse seiners to Cook Islands' waters to fish up to 7,000 tonnes of tuna a year.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Front-line officials who are responsible for monitoring and control tasks of Pacific fishing will be presented with findings of a major quantifying illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries report two years in the making. The presentation will take place in the framework of monitoring, control and supervision (MCS) meetings these officials will attend in Auckland this month.“This is the first time that the Pacific countries, through The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have been in a position to determine the type and scope of such a review. As such it will help clear the air on previous claims made, and the sensational figures that are often quoted,” FFA Director-General James Movick.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The World Bank Country Manager for Sierra Leone, Parminder Brar, yesterday in a press briefing raised serious concern over the present Condition of the Joint Monitoring Centre that was set up to monitor illegal fishing along the coast of Sierra Leone. It could be recalled that the World Bank started work in developing the West African Regional Fisheries Programme as a way of preventing the problem of rampant illegal fishing by Asiatic and European fishing vessels that took over from the previous industrial fisheries by factory vessels from Russia.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016

A strong will to increase its export market base and achieve the coveted international Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification led to the formation of the Belize Shrimp cluster and it is now reaping the benefits of accomplishing both goals. Challenged by an unforeseen viral disease which severely impacted the Belize shrimp industry, the cluster still managed to successfully supply UK based multinational retailer Marks and Spencer as well as the second largest supermarket chain in the UK, Sainbury’s, with 1.1 million pounds of shrimp in 2015.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The representatives of the European diplomatic missions met the General Secretariat of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) on 20 January 2016. Having worked in partnership for more than 30 years, the two bodies talked and confirmed their commitment to regional stability, an important development factor in the countries of this region. "The European Union recognises the role of the IOC as an organisation for proximity regional cooperation and remains the first technical partner and financial backer of the organisation", says a communiqué of the Indian Ocean Commission. The achievements of the IOC through projects financed under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), in particular in fishing, maritime security and sustainable management of natural resources and pioneering initiatives conducted in the field of connectivity (digital, air and maritime), were discussed.

The second Steering Committee of the programme of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) - regional / Indian Ocean strand met at the premises of the Conseil Départemental, Mayotte. In our region, the actions of this programme financed by the European Union focus on sustainable management of the natural assets of Mayotte and the îles Eparses, and are the fruit of a partnership between the Conseil Départemental de Mayotte, the regional authority of the Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF) and the French Development Agency (FDA).

Friday, 12 February 2016

The governments of Galicia and Cape Verde have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a permanent collaboration in areas such as fishing, tourism, environment and education, among others. The agreement was signed by the Vice President of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, and the Minister of Tourism, Investment and Business Development of the Republic of Cape Verde, Leonesa Fuertes, within the framework of an intense institutional agenda of the Vice President of the Xunta and the Head of Foreign Affairs and the EU, Jesus Gamallo, in the African archipelago.