Interesting … collectively these countries are the
owners of 25% of the world’s tuna supply.
If they received
just 5% of the value of the catches taken from their territories they
would be sending US aid.
MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS, 23 APRIL 2010: As this week’s meeting of the
Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) drew to a close today, the PNA
agreed for the world’s largest closure of the high seas to purse seine
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) includes Federated States of
Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New
Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu – collectively these countries are
the owners of 25% of the world’s tuna supply.
Today the PNA announced that from 1 January 2011 high seas surrounding
these countries will be closed to purse seine fishing vessels licenced
to fish in their waters.
This closed high seas area:
• Stretches from Palau and Papua New Guinea in the West to
the East, Marshall Islands in the North to Tuvalu in the South
• Covers all high seas areas from 10 degrees North latitude to 20
degrees South latitude and 170 degrees East to 150 degrees West in
• Covers an area of 4,555,000 sq km
The PNA also has 100% observer coverage of purse seine vessels to
monitor compliance of the high seas area closure.
The PNA have a tradition of innovative conservation and management
measures such as the Vessel Day Scheme (a system whereby a set number
of fishing days will be sold and traded to the highest bidding fishing
companies), closure of high seas areas to fishing and control of Fish
Aggregating Devices (or ‘FADs’, which are human-made devices to
attract schools of fish that often result in high juvenile fish
This week officials also began planning for extension of the ban on
Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) – currently banned for 3 months a year
– to specifically target countries overfishing bigeye tuna in the high
Director of the PNA, Dr Transform Aqorau said today:
“We are pleased to implement the decisions of the leaders at the 1st
Presidential Summit in February in Palau by announcing 1 January 2011
as the start date of world’s largest high seas closure to strengthen
conservation and management of tuna in the Pacific Islands.”