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Monday, 21 May 2018

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.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

A major new study has revealed that the global seafood catch is much larger and declining much faster than previously known. The study, by the University of British Columbia near Vancouver, reconstructed the global catch between 1950 and 2010 and found that it was 30 per cent higher than what countries have been reporting to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome since 1950. In the Caribbean islands, the catch was more than twice as large as previously reported and declining at a rate 60 per cent faster than the official rate, the Canadian study found.

The Government of Seychelles plans to launch this year the so called "blue bonds" with the purpose of raising funds to implement a transforming management programme for demersal fisheries in the Pacific island nation. As part of a strategy aiming at a sustainable Blue Economy, this latest initiative involves the issuing ten-year sovereign bonds guaranteed by Government and supported by international financial institutions, with the fund implementation being specifically defined to save energy, curb pollution and recycle resources.