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​Sustainable fisheries in the spotlight at Forum

News 13 Apr 2017

Since 1979, the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has facilitated regional cooperation so all Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable use of tuna.

Fisheries is an industry worth billions every year and vital to many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific region.

Established to help countries sustainably manage their fishery resources that fall within their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), the FFA is an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members who make sovereign decisions about their tuna resources and participate in regional decision making on tuna management.

The Honiara-based FFA strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members including 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 can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future.

Next month’s Pacific New Zealand Fisheries Forum, hosted by Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) in collaboration with Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA), will see Director General of FFA James Movick (pictured below) address delegates about the current state of the industry, and FFA’s efforts to ensure Pacific people enjoy the highest levels of social and economic benefits through the sustainable use of our offshore fisheries resources.

James has held the Director General’s role at FFA since 2012.

His organisation is a key sponsor of the upcoming May 15 forum at Auckland’s Rydges Hotel, which aims to bring Maori iwi, NZ and Pacific industry leaders, investors, business owners, governments and their officials together to exchange their knowledge, experience and innovations in relation to fisheries.

Delegates will not only hear from James, but a wide range of knowledgeable and influential key-note speakers from the industry, including Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development Matua Shane Jones, who has a long history of involvement in the fisheries sector and NZ’s Maori fisheries settlement.

Other guest speakers are the recently appointed PITIA Chairman Frank Wickham; Ngati Whatua Chief Executive Officer and Director, Te Ohu Kaimoana (Maori Fisheries Commission) Rangimarie Hunia; PCF Board member, and Ngati Kahungunu Chair Ngahiwi Toamoana; Solander (Pacific) Director Charles Hufflett; Founder and CEO of Alfa Fishing – and Grow Pacific participant Alfred Kalontas; and CEO, Te Ohu Kaimoana Dion Tuuta.

These speakers, among others, will focus on three themes running throughout the forum - iwi shared-learning on fisheries; investment opportunities in fisheries; and market access.

It is hoped the forum will achieve outcomes, such as linking Pacific businesses directly with iwi represented.

It is also anticipated the NZ Fisheries investment community including iwi will look to invest in Pacific opportunities and NZ businesses will provide access to new markets for Pacific businesses.

The Pacific NZ Fisheries Forum will be followed by PITIA’s AGM on May 16.

What:Pacific NZ Fisheries Forum, hosted by PCF and PITIA

Where:Rydges Hotel, Federal Street, Auckland

When:May 15, 2017 (8.30am registration)

See DRAFT PROGRAMME.

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