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West Central Pacific fisheries meet to manage Tuna

Alisi Vucago
Friday, February 23, 2018

Update: 1:12PM EIGHTY fisheries experts from the Western and Central Pacific Ocean convened in Nadi to learn the best tuna management practices in a collective effort to achieve more sustainable fisheries sectors.

During the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project workshop, participants received tools to better manage their respective fisheries.

Executive director of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCFPC) Feleti Teo said harvest strategies can be used to ensure fishers catch significant volumes of tuna, but in a way which do not overfish the stock.

"Our mandate at the WCPFC is to maintain sustainable use of tuna resources through effective management," he said.

"Trainings such as this workshop are a good way to ensure fisheries managers have the acumen and tools to implement."

The event, designed by Ocean Outcomes for the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project and implementing partner World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) was funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN-FAO. 

Additional funding for the workshop was provided by the Pacific Community (SPC) with support from the New Zealand Aid Programme.

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