Representatives from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga participated in a three-day virtual workshop held from 15-17 July, 2020. The virtual workshop discussed gender, social inclusion and human rights principles in the coastal fisheries and aquaculture sectors and ended with recommendations for solution-oriented actions to improve the integration of these key principles into legal frameworks in Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
For its first participation in New Caledonia’s International Underwater Film and Photo Festival, the Pacific Community (SPC) held short-video screenings for the many schoolchildren, people living with disabilities, and members of the general public who attended this very special event. The goal was to raise awareness about good fishing practices among the young and not-so-young.
Name: Telesia Sila
Job Title: Principal Mapping Officer
Organisation: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Government of Samoa.
Name: Christina Itintaake
Position: Senior Verification Officer, Competent Authority Division, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development, Government of Kiribati
Christina took part in the FFA Regional Fish Inspectors Training held in Suva, Fiji Islands from 8th - 26th April 2019. The training was funded by the PEUMP programme and part of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) KRA 2 activities.
Name: Takaia Tekaie
Position: Factory Manager at the Kiribati Fish Limited
Takaia took part in the FFA Regional Fish Inspectors Training held in Suva, Fiji Islands from 8th - 26th April 2019. The training was funded by the PEUMP programme and is part of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) KRA 2 activities.
Name: Naiten Bradley Phllip Jr.
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A green sea turtle, which had been caught and entangled in a local fisher’s net, was successfully tagged and released safely back into the ocean on 6 October 2021.
The turtle, which was caught two days earlier by a fisherman from the village of Salelesi about 16 kilometres east of Apia on Samoa’s Upolu Island, was kept in the village pool while the fisher sought assistance from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of Samoa and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).