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Prohibition of Destructive Offshore Fishing Practices
by Ministry of Fisheries, Fiji (Government)
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to vigilantly guard against irresponsible actors who employ unsustainable and illegitimate practices contrary to the laws and principles in the UN Law of the Sea.

Fiji will place national prohibitions on destructive fishing practices and promote the use of sustainable fisheries. Such practices include the use of explosives, firearms, poisons and other noxious substances. Also included are drift-net fishing activities and any demersal trawling including trawling targeting benthic species. These prohibitions are established by our national fisheries laws and will be supported by Fiji's global advocacy to eradicate all forms of destructive fishing practices.

Global food demands continue to rise causing increased pressures on stocks and fisheries. We will continue to promote sustainable fisheries as the only solution.

Fiji remains concerned by the impacts of trans-boundary destructive fishing practices in areas beyond Fiji's jurisdiction. It is even more important therefore that, as a minimum, the Pacific region maintains a concerted approach to mitigate against the incidences of destructive fishing. We recognize that this will require practical enforcement mechanisms that can be agreed within the region.

Fiji's demersal water column is a clear geographical space for which there is a total prohibition on the use of demersal trawlers that also target benthic species. This is a precautionary approach by which the deep ocean is accorded full marine protection against destruction as there is a greater need for investigation through the promotion of research and data collection activities so as to facilitate the identification of vulnerable marine ecosystems.
Progress reports
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
Incorporate the elimination of destructive fishing practices into the national Oceans agenda.
Develop appropriate regional adoption measures, including practical enforcement mechanisms to deter the use of destructive fishing practices.
Other, please specify
Financing from relevant Government Agencies and interested partners.
Other, please specify
Mobilisation through UN systems to strengthen advocacy.
Other, please specify
Multi-sector involvement to strengthen approaches at national and regional scale.
Staff / Technical expertise
Small taskforce to develop strategies for later delivery and lobbying on regional scale in 2019
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 - 2019
Government: Ministry of Economy, Fijian Navy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Other: Fiji Fishing Industry Association (FFIA)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
1) Neighboring coastal states 2) Fijian fishing industry 3) The general public
Contact information
William Sokimi, Mr, sokimi.william@gmail.com , (+679) 3301611
Suva, Fiji
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