Solomon Islands’ strong IUU fishing stance assures EU market

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Jenni Metcalfe

Jenni Metcalfe

I revel in work that I love doing - out in a paddock talking with a farmer about how he manages a variable and changing climate; in a sunny room in Africa hearing researchers talk simply about the implications of their work to a local journalist; or on the top or a mountain on Hinchinbrook Island with a team of researchers conducting flora or fauna surveys. I have worked as a science communication consultant since 1995 and no two days are ever the same. It's a job that combines my education and experience in science and journalism. It's work where I passionately strive to make a difference to people lives and the places they live in.
I am founder and director of Econnect Communication. Our company is a team of talented and skilled science communicators. Our vision is to 'bring science to life'.
Jenni Metcalfe

The Solomon Islands has safeguarded its $500 million a year tuna export industry by taking strong measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in its waters.

In good news for the industry earlier this year (March, 2017), the European Commission lifted its cautionary ‘yellow card’, which had been in place since December 2014.

At that time, the EC determined that the Solomon Islands’ Government was not doing enough to combat IUU fishing in Solomon Islands’ waters.

Solomon Islands fisheries exports to the European Union are worth some SBD$500m annually, and an escalation to red card status would have been a disaster for the industry.

(Source: SPC)

The lifting of the yellow card status is an indication that strong enforcement for handling, processing and food safety is now in place.

The shift from yellow to green card status is recognition of collaborative efforts on the part of fisheries stakeholders, according to Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency Director General James Movick.

“The announcement ends more than two years of hard work led by the Solomon Islands government, other ministries working with the fisheries sector, and the industry,” he said. “We could not be more pleased that the tireless work to address these concerns and challenges have met with success.”

The Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) is also delighted with the news.

“This is excellent news for the fishing industry, for fishermen and for companies like Soltuna, which processes tuna here in the Solomon Islands for international markets,” said PITIA’s executive officer Johan Maefiti.

“On behalf of all our members, we would like to congratulate everyone who worked hard to make this happen. We have implemented strong mitigation measures against IUU fishing, and assured our access to critical European Union markets going forward.”– Press Release Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association, PITIA

Author: Jenni Metcalfe

I revel in work that I love doing - out in a paddock talking with a farmer about how he manages a variable and changing climate; in a sunny room in Africa hearing researchers talk simply about the implications of their work to a local journalist; or on the top or a mountain on Hinchinbrook Island with a team of researchers conducting flora or fauna surveys. I have worked as a science communication consultant since 1995 and no two days are ever the same. It's a job that combines my education and experience in science and journalism. It's work where I passionately strive to make a difference to people lives and the places they live in. I am founder and director of Econnect Communication. Our company is a team of talented and skilled science communicators. Our vision is to 'bring science to life'.