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Future of Fisheries: A Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries
by Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) (Intergovernmental organization)
The Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries, endorsed in 2015 by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, provides a list of comprehensive strategies and indicators aimed at delivering a better future for Pacific tuna and coastal fisheries. To achieve these goals will require commitment to 11 strategies that will allow the Region to take control of the future of its fisheries. As a Regional Roadmap, the strategies outlined will be facilitated through regional agencies (primarily the Forum Fisheries Agency and the Pacific Community) working together.
The Regional Roadmap outlines seven clear goals for oceanic and coastal fisheries for the next ten years:
Tuna fisheries goals and indicators:
1. Sustainability
2. Value
3. Employment
4. Food security
Tuna fisheries strategies:
1. Effective zone-based management
2. Continue to reduce IUU fishing
3. Progressively restrict fishing on the high seas by foreign fleets
4. Prioritise the supply of raw materials to processors in the region
5. Establish high standards for employment in the fishing and processing industry
6. Establish regional processing hubs in partnership between countries
Coastal fisheries goals and indicators:
1. Empowerment
2. Resilience
3. Livelihoods
Coastal fisheries strategies:
1. Provide relevant information to inform management and policy
2. Re-focus fisheries agencies to support coastal fisheries management
3. Ensure effective collaboration and coordination of stakeholders
4. Develop and enforce strong and up-to-date legislation, policy and plans
5. Ensure equitable access to benefits and involvement in decision-making
The strategies outlined will be facilitated through regional agencies (primarily FFA and SPC) working together, however many issues will require high-level political direction and whole-of-government implementation at the national level. A dynamic report-card system aimed at boosting engagement and providing a self-monitoring check for Pacific countries on the status of the Pacific fishery has also been created to report progress against the Regional Roadmap.
Progress reports
14.4
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
14.7
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
14.b
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
14.c
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
December 2024
The supply of tuna for domestic consumption in the region will increase by 40,000 tonnes per year by 2024, to provide nutritious food and reduce pressure on inshore resources.
September 2025
Within 10 years, the overfishing of bigeye tuna will have been removed and the stock will be rebuilding to the Target Reference Point.
September 2025
18,000 new jobs will be created in the tuna industry within 10 years.
September 2025
Within 10 years, all Forum Island Countries will have put in place policies and legislation that provide for the involvement of coastal communities in the management of their fisheries resources.
Staff / Technical expertise
US$5,000,000 over 5 years through FFA core and project to increase economic benefits from sustainable offshore fisheries in developing Pacific Island countries, mainly by increasing opportunities for equitable and worthwhile employment in support of SDG 1
Staff / Technical expertise
US$5,000,000 over 5 years through FFA core and project to support strengthening of zone-based offshore fisheries management in Pacific Island countries in support of SDG14.4 and 14.c
Staff / Technical expertise
USD $4,000,000 over 5 years through SPC core and project (NZ and EU funds) funding to strengthen coastal fisheries management, policies, legislation and monitoring, control, surveillance and education, with a focus on community-based approaches and collab
Staff / Technical expertise
USD $4,000,000 over 5 years through SPC core and project (NZ and EU funds) funding to strengthen coastal fisheries science, to better inform management decisions in support of SDG 14.4 and 14b, with capacity development at the national and subnational lev
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2015 - December 2025
Partners
The Pacific Community (SPC), FFA and SPC member countries
Ocean Basins
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau Global fisheries industry and fish consumers
Contact information
James Movick, Director General, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, james.movick@ffa.int, +67721124
Honiara, Solomon Islands
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