Palau signs Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement

Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) - Press Release (9 Nov 2012)

The Republic of Palau became the first member of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to sign the Agreement on Strengthening Implementation of the Niue Treaty on Cooperation in Fisheries Surveillance and Law Enforcement in the Pacific Region (the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement) when the Director of the Palau Bureau of Oceanic Fishery Management, Ms. Nannette Malsol, signed the Agreement at the FFA Headquarters in Honiara today.

The Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement is intended to enhance active participation in cooperative surveillance and enforcement activities by providing a framework for the Parties to share resources and exchange information, including fisheries data and intelligence.

The Agreement is a direct response to the recognition by the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders on the significance of fisheries resource as a major source of food and income for the Pacific people and the Leaders’ call in the 2007 Vava’u Declaration on Pacific Fisheries: Our Fish, Our Future of the need to strengthen the current surveillance and enforcement mechanisms to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU fishing) to protect the region’s fisheries.  The final text of the Subsidiary Agreement was adopted and opened for signature on Friday November 2nd and Palau becomes the first full signatory.  Read more...