The observer program for Tuna fishing in Fiji is fully functional with regional efforts to reduce tuna fishing by 25 per cent. The Fisheries Department said although a regional scientific committee relaxed its warnings regarding dwindling tuna stocks in the Pacific, it told the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the catch of some species would need to be lowered.
Fiji Fisheries officials say they have monitored tuna fishing collected and analyzed data and have made submissions to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea.
The data looks at fishing effort distribution, compliance, management of fishing vessels in the convention areas and supervision of her national fishing in the high seas.
The countrys observer program is presently fully functional and well underway of reaching the proposed regional target of 20 per cent coverage levels on all Fiji flagged vessels.
The SPC and the Forum Fisheries Agency have also provided training for Fiji fisheries officials who accompany the naval vessels in the high seas and help the police and DPPs office prosecute a number of cases of illegal fishing. Source:
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