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Offshore staff led by Deputy Director Offshore Mr Francis Tofuakalo participated in the sessions last week at FFA. The meetings discussed issues pertaining to the MOC sessions this week. Picture MFMR Media
Offshore staff led by Deputy Director Offshore Mr Francis Tofuakalo participated in the sessions last week at FFA. The meetings discussed issues pertaining to the MOC sessions this week. Picture MFMR Media

Honiara, 21 October 2019: Offshore division staff of the Ministry of Fisheries have joined those from other Forum Fisheries Agency member countries in a series of workshops and meetings last week ahead of the Management Options Consultations Meetings (MOC) which will begin on the 28th to 31st October.

 Leading the small delegation from the Ministry of Fisheries is the Deputy Director Offshore division Mr Francis Tofuakalo.

Electronic Monitoring is one the agenda item that was discussed last week and those countries that have already implemented it were able to share their views with other member countries. Industry representatives also contributed during discussions.

Representatives from the industries who spoke on the issue were very supportive of the Electronic Monitoring however, there was concern raised about the cost aspect of the whole exercise.

In the discussions, there were two key areas that were pointed out;

a cost effective Electronic Monitoring programme and a cost recovery plan to be in place;

the issue of compatibility, to ensure that Electronic Monitoring is also applied in the High seas.

It is hoped that further discussion will be made to ensure a Policy on the Electronic Monitoring will be discussed during the FFC officials meeting in 2020