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The Western and Central Pacific Ocean holds the world’s largest tuna fishery with a total catch of more than 2.5 million tons a year. The target species (albacore, skipjack, bigeye and yellowfin) are being managed at sustainable levels and there is no overfishing occurring for these stocks. This is in stark contrast to all other oceans.

The Community Based Resource Management (CBRM) Section in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is organising a Poster and Essay Competition for students to mark the World Oceans Day which will be celebrated in June this year.

The Ministry of Fisheries last Thursday presented 'Chuppu' to five stakeholders at Aruligo West Guadalcanal. Chupu presentation is a widely practiced custom on Guadalcanal which still holds a lot of practical and cultural significance to the people on the island.

The Annual Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) officials meeting got underway in Koror, Palau this week and Solomon Islands is being replresented by a small delegation led by the Director of Fisheries Mr Edward Honiwala.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources’ drive to increase its workforce has received a timely boost with the donation of re-furbished laptops by New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

The fishing community of East Central Guadalcanal Constituency have received an early Christmas gift with the handing over of their Constituency Fisheries Centre at Kaoka at the weekend.

Honolulu 7 December 2018 — Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean is being targeted for elimination like never before following calls by Pacific Leaders for “action to end illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and associated activities."

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