About Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) was established in 1979 with the signing of the FFA Convention by Pacific leaders. At the time the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) secured for coastal states the sovereign right to manage the living resources within a 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Founding Members envisioned an agency with the mandate to strengthen national capacity and regional solidarity for the sustainable management, control and development of offshore fisheries.
Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA's members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The FFA Secretariat and Members have a proud record of achievement in key areas including:
- Managing fisheries to ensure sustainable use of tuna resources now and in the future
- Developing the fishery to harvest, process and market tuna to create jobs, income and a thriving industry in the region
- Monitor, control and coordinate surveillance of the fishery to help stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
Key achievements include:
- Building capacity at the national and regional level;
- Developing harmonised minimum terms and conditions for access, licensing and fisheries management;
- Implementing a regional vessel register and a centralised Vessel Monitoring System (VMS);
- Secure, authorised sharing of data and information to inform fisheries management, surveillance and enforcement;
- Working with the region to promote substantial increases in the benefits accrued from fisheries resources
- The development of the 2015 Future of Fisheries Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries and Report Cards
- Promoting sustainable fisheries measures within the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
- Negotiating and Managing the US Tuna Treaty
- Negotiating and managing the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA) which promotes cooperative surveillance across the region.
Our people will enjoy the highest levels of social and economic benefits through the sustainable use of our offshore fisheries resources.
To drive regional cooperation to create and enable the maximum long term social and economic benefit from the sustainable use of our shared offshore fishery resources.
- Respect – FFA approaches all fishery stakeholders with respect. This includes transparent and open interactions between Members and all other stakeholders.
- Regional Cooperation – the work of FFA is predicated on the principle that collective regional action provides the most effective mechanism for securing the long-term sustainable use of the region’s common pool fisheries resources.
- Ethical behavior – FFA will operate with honesty, integrity and professionalism in an open and transparent environment that respects national requirements and priorities of FFA Members.
- Sustainability – Sustainable economic and social development, based on appropriate long-term conservation and management of resources, is implicit within all FFA work.
- National focus – national priorities inform the work of FFA and set the basis for regional aspirations. FFA is also committed to producing national level outcomes that reflect national aspirations.
- Rights based management – FFA is committed to zonal rights based management, which is fundamental to creating and sustaining the value of the region’s fisheries and securing ownership by Members.
- Social equity and accountability – FFA is committed to the promotion of gender issues, fair working conditions and equitable access to fisheries resources by local communities including for food security.
- Responsiveness – FFA planning will be proactive and strategic on its response to issues such as climate change, oceans management and the special interests of SIDS.
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