Top Reasons Why the Tuna Commission Meeting was a success, Episode 72 of the Micronesian Podcast

A Success

By all accounts, the annual tuna commission meeting was a success.  Several measures were passed and even America’s weird proposal to increase their catch limit because they were following the rules was rejected.  Yay!!!

Some measures

Here are some of the measures:

-a resolution on ‘Labour Standards for Crew on Fishing Vessels’

-a plan to review of the WCPFC transshipment measure originally adopted in 2009 next year. “This review is critical to addressing the challenge of shortfalls in information from high seas transshipment activities, particularly on longline vessels,”

-a measure to provide additional funds to the Special Requirements Fund, which will help boost participation of Small Island Development State representatives in the decision-making processes of the Commission. 

-a new measure for the Compliance Monitoring Scheme. This will allow for continued monitoring and assessment of compliance by all Commission Members with the Commission’s obligations.

-measures to better protect seabirds from accidental catch by the longline fleet

– No consensus or agreement has been made on shark management.

All Good

If you would like to check out the article, here it is on Pacific Note.

We wish the best for the tuna commission.  Because wishing them the best is also wishing the best for us.  We are all in this together.  Let us not forget what Cook Islands foreign secretary and Forum Fisheries Committee Chair Tepaeru Herrmaan said, when speaking about the media and the Pacific Voice:

“It is increasingly becoming obvious that some of our significant regional meetings are being overshadowed by geopolitical issues which have little to do with the issues and agendas that we come together to discuss and more to do with global powers and those from beyond our region so I can only encourage each and every one of you,” Herrmaan explained.

Click here to read the full article.

See you on the next post, blog, or podcast. 

Tuna, Chuuk visit and our strategy? Micronesian Podcast Episode 71

Tuna week

The tuna commission just concluded their annual meeting in Honolulu, HI last week.  More details on the outcomes on the next podcast, or visit pacific note

Chuuk visit

Over in Chuuk, the Commander of the Indo-Pacific command stopped by to drop some stuff onto Chuuk.  Nothing bad, he helped drop some toys, tools and other things for the annual Christmas drop.  He was joined by the usual suspects, including the Vice President of the FSM, Yosiwo George.  Plus, he had two Micronesian service members who helped drop stuff over Chuuk.  It was a drop over Nama, where one of the participants, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Lorin Robert, is from.  Nice, eh?

What is our strategy

Finally, on the podcast I pose the question that I posed also on social media.  What is our strategy for the increase in attention from our neighbors in the Pacific?  Japan, Australia and NZ have stepped up their engagement with us.  These are no small items either.  Opening up Embassies, creating new positions, increasing staffing, increasing budget.  All very real and very important for their respective countries.  

What are we doing here in the FSM? Do we continue to react? Do we respond with purpose? Or is it status quo, business as usual? And more importantly (for me, at least) will our government tell us?