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Pacific warned to protect tuna

The growing presence of Chinese fishing vessels in the Pacific poses a threat to Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island countries’ exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and tuna supremacy, says a researcher. Brazil’s Selecting Strategic Partners (SSP) director and economist Dario Chemerinski said Ecuador was the first country to put out counter measures against Chinese illegal fishing vessels in its...

Time for Action Not Words – Making Pacific Tuna Sustainable

By Ryan Orgera, Global Director, Accountability.Fish If you've eaten a tuna sandwich or salad, there's a good chance your meal was caught in the western and central Pacific Ocean. That area of the globe produces nearly 60 percent of the worldwide catch of skipjack tuna, the tuna often found in cans and sold as 'chunk light' on store shelves in...

Fiji show the way, but it is unlikely many others will follow

Fiji’s victory over Australia at the World Cup was a boost for smaller rugby nations and a sign of the Pacific islanders’ rapid improvement, but structural issues within the game mean it is likely to be the exception rather than the norm. They won 22-15 in Saint-Etienne as a team improved by the investment made in developing nations by World...

‘Hits a little bit different’: Luatua on Manu Samoa win

A change in eligibility laws has given new life to the international careers of many former All Blacks who hail from the mighty Pasifika nations. Steven Luatua donned the black jersey 15 times between 2013 and 2016 before switching allegiance to Manu Samoa in 2022. Luatua and company got their Rugby World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a...

‘We are the only team’ – Tonga rue poor Rugby World Cup preparation

Tonga did not face any tier-one opposition ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which has hurt their preparations for the tournament. The Pacific Islanders faced Japan, Samoa and Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup before playing back-to-back matches against Canada, who failed to qualify for the World Cup. The ʻIkale Tahi faced world number one Ireland in their Pool B...

PSIDS chair President Whipps calls for effective and durable partnerships and scaled-up climate finance

Palau President and chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), Surangel Whipps Jr says the slow progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achieved by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to date is an indication that losses linked to vulnerability far outweighs development gains. He told the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, there is...

Samoa PM calls on world leaders to leave nationalism behind to achieve SDGs

Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa says the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) is focused on how they will approach the next seven years to achieve the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Addressing the High-Level Political Forum(HLPF) on Sustainable Development in New York on behalf of AOSIS, PM Mata'afa said world leaders have to leave nationalism...

Pacific need strong commitment to elevate ambitious and urgent climate action, now: Forum SG

Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna has called on development partners to put aside their self interest and profit motivations and join the Pacific in the fight against climate change. Puna told the Carnegie-SPF 3rd annual Indo-Pacific Islands Dialogue in New York, there is no secret that climate change is our greatest single security threat. “We have gone far beyond the threshold...

Tonga PM invited UN SG to attend Forum Leaders Meeting in Tonga next year

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has met with Tongan Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku, Siaosi Sovaleni in New York. The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister exchanged views on the upcoming 4th SIDS (Small Island and Development States) Conference. Guterres thanked Tonga for hosting the Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting in August. He said the 4th SIDS conference will be an opportunity to deliver transformative...

Marine ecologist highlights urgent need to protect seagrass ecosystem for climate resilience

Marine ecologist, Dr Drew Harvell has articulated the urgent need to protect marine ecosystems, particularly seagrass meadows, in a bid to strengthen climate resilience and secure valuable resources known as "blue foods". In a seminar at the University of the South Pacific (USP) marine campus Monday, Dr Harvell highlighted the multifaceted benefits that seagrass meadows offer to coastal communities and...

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