Pacific Island: Call for Action on Coastal Fisheries

Press Release – Secretariat of The Pacific Community – SPC The fisheries ministers of Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu have urged Pacific Island nations take urgent collective action to address existing and future threats to bche-de-mer and other coastal …Pacific Island ministers call for action on coastal fisheries 12 August 2014 Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Nadi, Fiji: The fisheries ministers of Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu have urged Pacific Island nations take urgent collective action to address existing and future threats to bêche-de-mer and other coastal fisheries in the region. The inaugural Pacific Bêche-de-mer and the Future of Coastal Fisheries Meeting held from 6 to 8 August in Nadi, Fiji, ended with a call to action for stronger cooperation by regional and national stakeholders towards improving coastal fisheries and the bêche-de-mer industry. This is the first time Pacific Islands leaders have signed a call to action on coastal fisheries and beche-de-mer; all Pacific leaders’ agreements so far have been on tuna fisheries, nothing on coastal fisheries. The aim of the meeting was to: – obtain common understanding of the status and the socio-economic benefits of the bêche-de-mer industry and other coastal fisheries to Pacific Island nations, and the urgent need to take action; – discuss constraints and opportunities and to collectively and effectively...

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