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Regional Preparatory Meeting for IGC on Marine Biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction

Suva, Fiji - The regional preparatory meeting for the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on Marine Biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction which was held  from the 26 February, was closed on the same weekend by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor.  In her closing remarks, Dame Meg Taylor reflected on the life, contributions and achievements of the late Ambassador Satya Nandan of Fiji and in particular his significant involvement and influence on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

The meeting by delegations of Pacific Islands Forum members discussed common interests and developed regional positions ahead of the negotiations to commence in New York in late March, 2020.

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Norway fisheries and aquaculture scientists visit the Pacific to explore scientific collaboration possibilities

A team of Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture scientists and marine resources managers visited Fiji in early March to scope out ways of sharing Norway's experience and expertise with the Pacific Islands region.

The delegation met with national and regional marine resources institutions and stakeholders in Suva, Fiji and before they went out in groups to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) in Honiara, Solomon Islands and to the Pacific Community (SPC) FAME's Head of Fisheries meeting at the SPC Headquarters in New Caledonia.  More on: SPC

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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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