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Pacific steps up its fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing

Regional media with the PNA Director in Hawaii. Photo: PITA LIGAIULA/FB

By PITA LIGAIULA HONOLULU, Hawaii – December 10, 2018: 12.45pm (PACNEWS): The two largest fisheries organisations in the Pacific have joined forces to ramp up work to mitigate Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the region, ahead of this week’s Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) annual meeting.

Fisheries observers are our “eyes at sea”

A regional workshop for fisheries observers

HONOLULU, Hawaii – December 10, 2018: 12.15pm (PNA/Nuku’alofa Times): A total of 800 fisheries observers are at the front line for Pacific Islands to effectively manage the multi-billion dollar fishing industry in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

Reliable information critical

Tongan media team at the event

PEJN partners UNDP in media workshop on climate reporting By ILIESA TORA NADI, Fiji – December 4, 2018: 2.25pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Journalists must research their information on issues they talk about and provide reliable news only, Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Mr Vishwas Sapkal said in Nadi yesterday.

Tuna nations bid to climate-proof EEZs and other initiatives likely to help Tonga


By Viola Koloamatangi Ulakai  HONOLULU, Hawaii – December 9, 2018: 9pm (TBC): The eight tuna rich nations in the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) group are looking into ways of maintaining the current size of their valuable 200-mile exclusive economic zones even if sea-level rise means they lose land to rising sea levels brought on by climate change.

‘Tuna diplomacy’ is one of the game-changers for the Pacific

PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru

By Pita Ligaiula in Waikiki, Hawaii HONOLULU, Hawaii – December 9, 2018: 11.15am (PACNEWS): Tuna has shaped regional politics and influenced the relationship between Pacific Islands States and major trading partners including China, Japan, United States and Taiwan and South Korea.

Pacific push for Albacore measures at WCPFC meeting in Hawaii

Tuna talks important for the Pacific

By Pita Ligaiula in Waikiki, Hawaii HONOLULU, Hawaii – December 9, 2018: 11.02am (PACNEWS): Proposals on important measures for albacore tuna – the most important tuna for temperate Pacific countries – are expected to be prioritised by Pacific nations at this year’s Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting here in Honolulu, Hawaii from tomorrow.

IFJ Survey: two-thirds of women journalists suffered gender-based online attacks


66 % of the women journalists who were victims of online harassment suffered attacks based on their gender, according to the results of the IFJ’s survey released today. The results also reveal that while half of these attacks were reported in just 13 % of cases was the harasser identified or brought to justice. SWITZERLAND – December 9, 2018: 10.45am (IFJ News): Online harassment affects both male and female journalists.

Tonga win Oceania U20 Championship over Samoa

The Tonga Under 20 rugby team celebrating their win in Apia yesterday. Photo: OCEANIA RUGBY

By Thomas Airey  APIA, Samoa – December 9, 2018: 10.16am (Samoa Observer): The Samoa Under-20 rugby team will miss next year’s World Rugby U20 Trophy after their second straight loss to Tonga.

Fiji faces Spain in Cup quarterfinal after close 21-19 win over England

Jerry Tuwai tries to stop the English attack in Cape Town earlier this morning. Fiji won 21-19. Photo: WORLD RUGBY

SUVA, Fiji – December 9, 2018: 10am (Fiji The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s side will face Spain in the second cup quarterfinal of the Cape Town 7’s after edging England 21-19 in their last pool match this morning.

UN chief welcomes G20 commitment to fight climate change

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

NEW YORK, United States of America – December 4, 2018: 9.30am (UN NEWS CENTRE): UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has welcomed the declaration released on Saturday at the conclusion of the 2018 G20 meeting of the world’s leading economies, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which reaffirms a commitment to raise ambition in the fight against climate change.