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Labour standards push hopes for thumbs up from Tuna Commission

Building on the success of their support for Observer safety at the 2016 Pacific Tuna Commission session in Nadi, Forum Fisheries countries are gunning for the 15th session in Honolulu this week to pass a resolution aimed at ending any cruel and unfair treatment of crew members on fishing vessels. The non-binding resolution on Labour standards ...
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Pacific nations warned of threat to sovereignty from Distant Water Fishing Nations

HONOLULU, 13 DECEMBER 2018 (PACNEWS)---- Papua New Guinea’s Fisheries Industry Association has warned delegates at the Tuna Commission to ensure their national interests are protected from the threat posed by Distant Water Fishing Nations (DWFNs) wanting to extend the jurisdiction of fishing rules. Chairman Sylvester Pokajam said members of ...
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Japan seeks to continue fishing in Palau waters

Japan stressed the importance of its relationship with the Pacific, with most of the big scale fishing by the Japanese being centered in Pacific nations' water. Head of Delegation for Japan Shingo Ota, speaking at the Tuna Commission meeting in Honolulu said they were concerned about 20 small-scale longliners from Okinawa prefecture operating ...
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Japan speaks out on ‘unfair’ US proposal

Japan said that the United States proposal to that the Tuna Commission increase its catch-quota on for bigeye tuna is “unfair,” “I think the US is picking up only limited factors which are in favour of their operations. So, I think it is unfair,” the Head of Delegation for Japan Shingo Ota told reporters at the Tuna Commission meeting....
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Regionalism critical for strengthening fisheries solidarity in Pacific

HONOLULU, 11 DECEMBER 2018 (PACNEWS)---- With claims and counter claims by global powers that the Pacific is their strategic‘ sphere’ of influence, sub regionalism has been touted as the best way of cooperation to address complex fisheries issues for members of WPFC. Tuna has shaped regional politics and influenced the relationship between ...