Sustainable initiative

A NEW initiative called Pacific Fisheries Leadership Programme (PFLP) will see more well-managed and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the region that will result in increased economic and food security.

The initiative — which was launched by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the New Zealand Government on Friday — is aimed at enabling national and regional Pacific fisheries leaders to further empower themselves to be leaders of change, address critical priorities, and become even better managers.

The PFLP was signed by the Consul General of New Zealand in New Caledonia Bruce Shepherd on behalf of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Dr Colin Tukuitonga, director-general of the Pacific Community, on behalf of SPC.

According to a statement from SPC, PFLP is a five-year program that will work with 125 current and emerging leaders in the Pacific fisheries sector.

Participants will engage in a modular program including leadership for effectiveness; workplace attachments; leadership for change; and coaching support.

They may gain accreditation, including award courses from the University of Queensland graduate Certificate in Leadership. The program is based on real world issues and experience and intends to adapt regularly to the contexts and needs of the participants.

“Fisheries is a critical priority for the Pacific and for New Zealand. New Zealand has met with many regional and national Pacific fisheries leaders and experts to design a professional development program highly tailored to the requirements of existing and future Pacific fisheries leaders,” Mr Shepherd highlighted.

“We believe the programlaunched today (last Friday), and the consortium implementing it, led by SPC, will deliver a terrific, relevant and impactful experience to all fisheries programme participants.”

Dr Tukuitonga said New Zealand was a committed and generous partner of Pacific fisheries and of SPC.

“SPC provides much of the scientific evidence for fisheries management decisions but it is the capabilities of the Fisheries officials that mobilise change and solutions with the evidence we provide,” Dr Tukuitonga said.

“This is why this program is so important, as it is focused on the people that make the decisions and it leverages value across the fisheries sector.

“SPC is honoured to be leading this program and working with an exceptional consortium who themselves are stand out specialists in Pacific fisheries and leadership development — FFA, The University of Queensland, People Focus (NZ) and Centre for Leadership and Adaptation (CLA).”

Expected long term outcomes for fisheries include improved quality and diversity of leadership and management of ongoing improvement in priority areas and increased co-operation.

PFLP is part of the “Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries”.

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