The Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) looks forward to working closely with the People’s Coalition Government to develop Fiji’s fisheries sector.
The Director General conveyed this for the Forum Fisheries Agency (DG-FFA), Dr. Manumatavai Tupouu-Roosen, during a courtesy call to the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Dr Lesikimacuata Korovavala.
Dr Korovavala welcomed FFA’s commitment to strengthen partnerships for the long-term sustainability of Fiji’s fisheries sector. While essential works are being undertaken at the national level, unity at the regional is fundamental. Regional solidarity is vital.
The deliberations looked at the FFA’s critical role in supporting the Pacific Island members in conserving and managing highly migratory fish stocks in the region.
FFA is already working with Fiji to progress critical priorities in the fisheries sector, including but not limited to the review of national fisheries legislation and the identification of ways to enhance the development of the industry.
DG FFA Dr Tupouu-Roosen explicitly recognised and acknowledged Fiji’s leadership in the governance of fisheries at the regional level.
She reaffirmed FFA’s commitment to strengthen support for Fiji through initiatives in the fisheries sector.
Earlier this week, the Fijian Ministry for Home Affairs and Immigration announced signing of a pivotal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) to enhance the protection, monitoring, and sustainable management of our invaluable fisheries resources.
Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, Pio Tikoduadua and the Director General FFA, Dr Tupouu-Roosen, signed the MOU.
During his visit to the Solomon Islands earlier this year, a Country Partnership Agreement signed by the Minister for Fisheries, Hon. Kalaveti Ravu, outlines the key areas of cooperation between Fiji and FFA.
FFA works with member states to strengthen 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, the FFA was established to help countries sustainably manage their fishery resources.