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First female Director-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency appointed

Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen, the current Legal Counsel for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has been appointed the incoming Director-General of the FFA, effective mid-November 2018.

The official announcement of the appointment was made at the conclusion of the 15th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial Meeting held in the Cook Islands from 3-5 July 2018.

Dr Tupou-Roosen holds a Masters & PhD in Law through New Zealand and Commonwealth Scholarships and has served as the FFA's  Legal Counsel for 13 years.


Dr Tupou-Roosen, FFA's first female Secretary-General (Credit: FFA)


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The University of the South Pacific researchers present findings on Coastal Shark Conservation Research Project

A presentation on the main findings of a research on coastal shark conservation led by the School of Marine Studies at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji was held on 28 February 2018 at its main Laucala Campus.

Professor Ciro Rico, the Head of School of Marine Studies (SMS) and team leader for this project, presented on 'Endangered Hammerhead and Vulnerable Bull Sharks find life and sanctuary in Fiji'.

The objective of the research was to determine the use and exploitation of sharks in Fiji and the ecology and reproductive biology of Scalloped, Great Hammerhead, Bull and Blacktip sharks in the estuaries, deltas and river-mouths of the country.

This presentation is the first of the USP's 50th Anniversary Research Presentation Series organised by the University's Research Office.

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Pacific Fisheries Leadership Programme launched

The Pacific Community and the Government of New Zealand recently launched a new initiative aimining 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. 

This new initiative launched and signed in late February 2018 by the Consul General of New Zealand in New Caledonia, Mr Bruce Shepherd and Dr Colin Tukuitonga, the Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC), is a 5 year programme.

After signing the new PFLP agreement

(Credit: Pacific Community - SPC)

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European Union purse seiners start fishing in Cook Islands waters

A Cook Islands News reported in February 2017 that one of the purse seine vessels involved in the European Union (EU) fisheries partnership agreement has started fishing in the Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

According to the Cook Islands News report, the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) confirmed it had given licences to two of the four purse seine vessels which are part of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA).

The fisheries agreement between the EU and the Cook Islands to allow the European fleet to fish in our waters and catch up to 7000 tonnes per year of tuna and other annual migratory species for the next four years, was finalised earlier in February by the European Parliament.

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