Ministerial forum opens tonight

Tuesday July 03, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
A member makes a point during a fi sheries workshop at the Edgewater Resort Conference Centre yesterday. 18070224 A member makes a point during a fi sheries workshop at the Edgewater Resort Conference Centre yesterday. 18070224

The three-day Annual Ministerial Forum Fisheries Committee Fifteenth Meeting (FFCMIN15) will be officially opened tonight at the National Auditorium.

Officials met yesterday for a workshop in the lead up to the first day of the Ministerial Meeting tomorrow at the Edgewater Resort Conference Centre.

The theme for the ministerial meeting, which will end on Thursday, is “Our Moana, our fish, our future”.

Prime minister and Marine Resources minister Henry Puna will deliver the keynote address at the opening reception for the Forum Fisheries Ministers and officials as the incoming chair of the FFC.

The ceremony will begin with welcome remarks from Tepaeru Herrmann, secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and chair of the 106th Forum Fisheries Officials Meeting (FFC106) which was held in Rarotonga in May.

This will be followed by remarks from the out-going FFC chair Australia’s Associate Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston.

Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) director-general Dr James Movick, whose successor is expected be confirmed by the ministers at this week’s meeting, will also address the ministers and officials at the opening ceremony.

The ministerial meeting is held each year to endorse the outcomes of FFC106 as the members of the FFA position themselves for the largest annual fisheries gathering – the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s meeting this December to be held in Hawaii.

The FFC is the governing body of the FFA. The FFA has 17 members – Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Through FFA membership, these nations exercise their common concern for the state of tuna stocks in the region, shaping the policy direction of fisheries management, control and development across the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, and receive expertise and support to manage #tuna within their own waters.

On the final day of the meeting on Thursday, the ministers will attend a retreat at the Crown Beach Resort to wrap up the week's programme.

            - MMR

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