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Key fisheries meeting soon
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) will be meeting in two weeks time to discuss key issues affecting the Pacific tuna fisheries industry.
The WCPFC is the regional decision making body for management of tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.
Conservation and management measures (CMMs) of the Commission are legally binding and apply to all WCPFC members and the Convention area.
Fiji is a member of the WCPFC along with Australia, China, Canada, Cook Islands, European Community, Federated States of Micronesia, France, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Chinese Taipei, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America and Vanuatu.
Out of a total of 32 participating territories and members of WCPFC, over half (17) are FFA members, forming a significant voting bloc (although so far in the WCPFC's history decisions have been made by consensus).
Issues on the table for discussion include the big eye tuna and yellow-fin tuna, illegal fishing, monitoring, control, surveillance and special requirements for developing States.
The WCPFC meeting begins December 7 to 12 in Busan Korea.
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