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FFA support proposals to establish scientific management dialogue

FFA director general Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen in Hawaii. Photo: PITA LIGAIULA/FB

By Pita Ligaiula at Waikiki, Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii – December 11, 2018: 7.55pm (PACNEWS): The region’s Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) has expressed support for proposals by Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to establish a new Science-Management dialogue.

The proposed Science-Management dialogue would allow delegates at the meeting to be better briefed on the science behind fisheries.

“We are fully supportive of the proposal to establish a scientific dialogue. We see that as the appropriate mechanism where the discussions on the development of harvest strategies can take place,” newly appointed FFA director general Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen said.

“Right now, we don’t have a clear space for those discussions. We also see it as an opportunity where our scientists can explain in layman’s terms to our managers what the science means so they can make informed management decisions,” she added.

Dr Tupou-Roosen said these talks should take place before the commission to ensure that delegates do not become bogged down with details at an already full meeting but instead provide some clear science-based recommendations to allow fisheries managers to work efficiently and make regionally beneficial decisions.

She said the FFA had a single strategy – to cooperate with Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).

“It is the only way we can be successful as a region and we are so pleased with the close working relationship with the PNA office in particular with the CEO Ludwig Kumoru who has been very open to working more collaboratively with FFA, so we are excited about that,” Dr Tupou-Roosen said.

“He mentioned earlier in the week about best practice around governance and we are heartened that we share the same goal with Ludwig.”

Dr Tupou-Roosen said as the new DG, the use of best practice governance would be one of her priorities.

“One of the key aspects in this work is the participation of small island developing States members and by that we mean additional funds so that they can be in the room so that they can participate and be part of the decision-making processes for this commission,” she said.

“So, one of the proposals from our membership is to have an additional participant come not just to the commission meeting but also to the key subsidiary body meetings ahead of this commission – the scientific, technical and compliance meetings. Associated with that is a proposal on hosting in SIDS territories, in SIDS countries.

“We see this as another fundamental aspect of effective participation because as we all know when these meetings come to our homes it reaches a wider breadth of our people, they gain a better understanding of this Commission and its work and its importance to the region, so we have the ability to put into context the decisions we take as a Commission.”

Looking confident in her new role, Dr Tupou-Roosen – who replaced James Movick this year – briefed regional journalists ahead of the week-long meeting.

“We want to ensure that whilst we are fully committed to adopting a compliance monitoring scheme, it must be one that addresses our concerns. Our key concern with this measure is to ensure that it is efficient, effective and delivering on its purpose and that it is also fair and produces fair outcomes that helps to improve compliance and unites us rather than divides us. Those are some of the key priorities,” she said.

 






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