Another WCPFC failure

img_230At a recent meeting in Brisbane of the Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) executive the meeting noted with grave concern and disappointment the failure,yet again, of the 11th annual session of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to make any substantive progress in considering pressing issues relating to Pacific tuna fisheries management. Despite the efforts of Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Secretariats and members, discussions of key issues for tropical tuna and albacore were stalled by the DWFN countries resulting in no progress being made. PITIA believes that the faith in WCPFC as a functional RFMO is now eroded to the extent that there is no longer confidence in Commission processes to effectively manage the Pacific tuna fisheries. It is also clear that the interests of Small Island Developing States as reflected in the convention simply receive lip service and are not sufficiently taken into account. Read more…