- Oceanic fisheries Management(OFM) Newsletter
- Welcome to the periodic newsletter for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Project (OFM Project). Articles in this newsletter are provided by the organisations involved and relate to project funded activities and other relevant information.
- Science Journal-Seamounts in the Pacific
- Science Journal-Seamounts are Hotspots
- Seamounts are hotspots of pelagic biodiversity in the open ocean
- Oceanic Guardians
- A new film titled ‘Oceanic Guardians’ (www.youtube.com/pacificislandfish) was launched today by the UNDP-GEF funded Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management Project (OFMP) at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Celebrating the success of Pacific Islands’ negotiations to establish a tuna commission to set and enforce rules on tuna fishing, ‘Oceanic Guardians’ is shot in high definition video featuring the world’s first underwater footage of longline fishing in the Pacific Islands, traditional canoe racing in the Solomon Islands and Tongan-owned and crewed patrol boats and fishing vessels. These dramatic images are accompanied by interviews with real-life ‘Oceanic Guardians’ from the Pacific Islands region who have been at the forefront of negotiations with foreign fishing nations to establish the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and use it to control illegal fishing and introduce other world-first conservation and management measures. These measures include the responses to bigeye tuna overfishing, introduction of fisheries observers on fishing vessels to monitor compliance, closing of high seas pockets to fishing and introduction of measures to limit bycatch of sharks, seabirds and turtles. As an example of the Pacific Islands many successes, ‘Oceanic Guardians’ features a special look at Tonga’s use of the WCPFC to take action against an illegal fishing vessel in 2008. ‘Oceanic Guardians’ is produced in the Pacific Islands by the OFMP, which provides resources from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), to Pacific Islands to strengthen management of their oceanic fisheries. Pacific Islands receive assistance such as training, technical support, fisheries management, legal, compliance and scientific advice and assistance, coordinated and delivered by regional organisations Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA).