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Fiji’s Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau will lead the Fijian delegation to Papua New Guinea this week to attend the Western and Central Fisheries Commission.
Among the priority areas is the Conservation Management Measures for South Pacific Albacore with Fiji chairing the working group on this critical initiative.
Koroilavesau stresses that finalising bilateral agreements to ensure the supply of Tuna for Fiji from several Pacific Island Countries will be top of the agenda.
“And I think PNG, Solomons, and Vanuatu would be ready to discuss the details of it, but we have been working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over the last year in trying to achieve this.”
The Fisheries Minister notes that other agenda items will include a crewing policy standard.
He says Fiji will push for emphasis for work to continue in this area to ensure Fijian nationals are protected both as local crew and on foreign fishing vessels.
Koroilavesau said Fiji will advocate for a quota system given the number of foreign fleets on the high seas, also as means of protecting smaller and developing Pacific states.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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