The 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 behaviour on the water at national, subregional, regional and global levels. Achieving these changes will result in the conservation of the Western and Central Pacific Oceanic fisheries while using them sustainably.

The project is being implemented for the benefit of the Governments of Pacific small island developing states (SIDS):

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  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • 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, to increase sustainable benefits derived from these fisheries.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is implementing the project, which is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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


  • 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 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.
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