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EU leads the way with ambitious action for cleaner and safer seas

At the ongoing EU-hosted Our Ocean conference in Malta (5-6 October), the European Union has committed to 36 tangible actions to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure seas. Amounting to over €550 million and involving activities worldwide...The launch of the Pacific – European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme, worth €45 million is to support sustainable management and development of fisheries for food security and economic growth, while addressing climate change resilience and conservation of marine biodiversity.

Tough new fish conservation rules in Fiji

Fiji is introducing a series of tough new ocean conservation measures to preserve fish stocks. Among other things they are introducing a ban on catching, trading, eating or exporting groupers and coral trout during their spawning season...

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New publication - Performing “A New Song”: Suggested Considerations for Drafting Effective Coastal Fisheries Legislation Under Climate Change

A New Song for Coastal Fisheries, a strategy and roadmap produced through a participatory workshop facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, calls upon Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to ensure strong and up-to-date management policy, legislation, and planning for coastal fisheries. While climate change is not a core focus of the roadmap, the call of A New Song presents a unique opportunity to draft new or revised fishery legislation with climate principles in mind.

Employment Vacancy - Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA): Deputy Director General

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency invites applications from nationals of FFA member countries for the position of Deputy Director-General. Applicants must provide an endorsement of their candidature from their Government. The position is responsible for leadership, oversight and management of the Agency's fisheries technical functions and for maintenance of a high standard of corporate governance, including in the development, administration and implementation of the Annual Work Program and Budget (AWPB).

New Publication: WCS - A Social–Ecological Systems Approach to Assessing Conservation and Fisheries Outcomes in Fijian Locally Managed Marine Areas

Locally managed marine areas (LMMAs) are often recommended as a strategy to achieve conservation and fisheries management, though few studies have evaluated their performance against these objectives. We assessed the effectiveness of eight periodically harvested closures (PHCs), the most common form of management within Fijian LMMAs, focusing on two outcomes: protection of resource units and biodiversity conservation. Of the eight PHCs, only one provided biodiversity benefits, whereas three were moderately successful in protecting resource units (targeted fish biomass).

Fiji - Fish, coral health checks

Initial groundwork to assess the health of coral and fish communities after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in the Northern Lau Group started this week.The program, which will also include the island of Yacata, on the border of Northern Lau and Cakaudrove

Tonga coastal fisheries population struggling

Tonga's Ministry of Fisheries says the country's coastal fish population has declined by up to 50 percent over the past decade and remedial action is needed.

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