The project

Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management Project

community_fishing_andraisland_png_pierre_boblinThe Global Environment Facility (GEF) has initiated a second Oceanic Fisheries Management Project (OFMP2).

This Project is designed to achieve systematic, sustained changes in fishing patterns and on-the-water behaviour at national, subregional and global levels. Achieving these changes will result in the conservation and sustainable use of the Western and Central Pacific Oceanic fisheries.

The project is being implemented for the benefit of the Governments of Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS):

Cook Islands Palau
Federated States of Micronesia Papua New Guinea
Fiji Samoa
Kiribati Solomon Islands
Marshall Islands Tonga
Nauru Tuvalu
Niue Vanuatu

The objective of OFMP2 is:

To support Pacific SIDS in meeting their obligations to implement and effectively enforce global, regional and sub-regional arrangements for the conservation and management of transboundary oceanic fisheries thereby increasing sustainable benefits derived from these fisheries.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is implementing the Project, which is managed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Regional, sub-regional and national actions for better fishing practices

The OFMP2:
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  • Supports Pacific SIDS as the major bloc at the WCPFC to adopt regional conservation and management measures.
  • Supports innovative approaches being developed by Pacific SIDS at a sub-regional level, as they collaborate in fisheries of common interest.
  • Assists SIDS to apply measures nationally in their own waters and to their fleet.
  • Improves stakeholder participation, including industry participation in oceanic fisheries management processes, and improves understanding and awareness generally of the challenges and opportunities facing Pacific SIDS in fisheries management.