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Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

by Mish Hamid last modified Oct 25, 2013 01:27 PM

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA, MONDAY 26 OCTOBER 2009: As the 5th Biennial GEF International Waters Conference hosted in Cairns opened today, participants heard about the remarkable achievements of Pacific Island countries in fisheries management. Even though Pacific Island countries have limited resources spread over a marine area 30 million square kilometres, they have been at the forefront of developing innovative measures to manage fishing including the establishment of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). The WCPFC, an international commission to set rules for fishing tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, has taken several measures to manage the tuna stocks such as cuts to bigeye tuna fishing, fishing observers, vessel monitoring system, closing some high seas pockets and introducing measures on sharks, seabirds and turtles. Interviewees: Transform AQORAU, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency Robert JIMMY, Vanuatu Fisheries Department Video Produced for GEF IW:LEARN by The 20/20 Group

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