Regional Marine News Websites

Links to the latest marine news from the Pacific regional organisations  - SPC, FFA, SPREP and SOPAC  ; and to the Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Digest and latest PIMRIS Newsletter 

Forum Fisheries Agency News
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity so its 17 members can manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future. Based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, FFA's 17 Pacific Island members are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. FFA was established to help countries sustainably manage their fishery resources that fall within their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA is an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members who make sovereign decisions about their tuna resources and participate in regional decision making on tuna management through agencies such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

International Coral Reef Initiative News
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is a partnership among governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations. It strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems by implementing Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, and other relevant international conventions and agreements.

Pacific Islands Marine Research Information System (PIMRIS) Newsletter
PIMRIS is a formal cooperative network of libraries and information centres within regional organisations and government agencies concerned with the development of fisheries and marine resources in the Pacific. Its aim is to improve access to information on marine resources in the region.

Pacific Environment Information Network (PEIN) Digest
The PEIN Digest is a monthly digest of pacific environment news and developments gathered from global news sources and a regional network of Pacific environment officers. The Pacific Environment Information Network is coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmment Programme (SPREP) Library. PEIN's aims are to: collect, store and disseminate scientific and technical information on environmental and development concerns in Pacific island countries and territories; liaise and co-ordinate with other national, regional and international organisations to circulate information and publications in the region.

Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) Marine Resources Division News - Coastal Fisheries Programme , Regional Maritime Programme , Oceanic Fisheries Programme
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) works in partnership with its members, other organisations and donors to deliver priority work programmes to member countries and territories. SPC's work programmes aim to develop: technical assistance, professional, scientific and research support, planning and management capability building. Our vision for the region is that of a secure and prosperous Pacific Community, whose people are healthy and manage their resources in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable way. See also the SPC Regional Fisheries Events Calendar  

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme [SPREP] News
SPREP is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to look after its environment. It has grown from a small programme attached to the South Pacific Commission (SPC) in the 1980s into the Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources. It is based in Apia, Samoa, with over 70 staff.

Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission [SOPAC] News
The Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) is an intergovernmental, regional organisation with 21 member countries, including 18 Pacific island countries and territories, as well as Australia and New Zealand. SOPAC's work is carried out through its Secretariat, based in Suva, Fiji.

SOPAC was established in 1972 under the Economic and Social Division of the UN as a project called the Committee for Coordination of Joint Prospecting for Mineral Resources in South Pacific Offshore Areas (CCOP/SOPAC), to promote offshore mineral and petroleum prospecting. The secretariat became autonomous in 1984 with the funding of its member countries, donor countries and international agencies to steer its annual operations. While the initial focus of its work was on marine mapping and geosciences, recent years have seen a broadening of this scope to include hazard assessment and risk management, environmental vulnerability, oceanography, energy, water and sanitation and information and communication technologies.

Western and Central Pacific Tuna Commission News
After four years of complex negotiations between the coastal States of the Western and Central Pacific and States fishing in that region, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean was opened for signature at Honolulu on 5 September 2000. The Convention is one of the first regional fisheries agreements to be adopted since the conclusion in 1995 of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement. The objective of the Convention is to ensure, through effective management, the long-term conservation and sustainable use of highly migratory fish stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean in accordance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement. For this purpose, the Convention establishes a Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. The Contracting Parties to the Convention are, ipso facto, members of the Commission.

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council News  : Ecosystem-based management of fisheries in US Pacific Islands
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. Amended in 1996 to prevent overfishing, minimize bycatch and protect fish stocks and habitat, it is now called the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). During its first 30 years, the Council's accomplishments have run the gamut from being the first Regional Fishery Management Council in the nation to prohibit drift gill-net fishing and to develop an ecosystem-based fishery management plan to being the pioneer of the vessel monitoring system (VMS) for fishing vessels, which is now being implemented in fisheries worldwide. The WPRFMC is a rich source of documents and resources relating to the US Territories in the Pacific: American Samoa; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Pacific Remote Island Areas .