The Fiji Times »New Chairperson of the Forum Fisheries Commission in Fiji
The 118th meeting of the Forum’s Committee of Fisheries Officers (FFC) kicked off this week, with Fiji assuming the responsibility of the chair.
Acting Permanent Secretary of Fisheries Pene Baleinabuli called on the regional forum to continue strengthening its efforts to address the multiple and increasingly complex issues related to sustainable fisheries management and other emerging issues.
“I encourage you to be motivated by the fact that we are already very actively exploring ways to work with each other in national, regional and sub-regional arrangements for trade, fish processing, reorganized licensing modules for national fleets, employment of nationals. , among many other initiatives observed, including our offensive against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, ”Baleinabuli said at the meeting.
The FFC is the governing body of the Forum Fisheries Agency. The FFC meets annually to approve the budget and work program of the FFA. The president of the FFC rotates alphabetically among the members.
The Director General of the Pacific Islands Forum (FFA) Fisheries Agency, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen, welcomed the appointment of Mr Baleinabuli.
“We recognize the leadership of Members in addressing the challenges facing COVID-19, which is so inspiring, but not surprising given the strength and resilience of our Pacific people,” said Dr Tupou -Roosen.
“Under the excellent leadership of our FFC Chairman, Mr. Pene Baleinabuli, Acting Permanent Secretary of Fisheries of Fiji, the FFC has been able to provide very clear direction and advice to the Secretariat through frank, open discussions. and solid on key priorities for the coming year.
We have a lot of work ahead of us and look forward to working closely with our FFC President over the year to maintain the collaboration and cooperation leading to a collective agreement for our Blue Pacific region.
The virtual meeting, from May 25 to 28, brought together representatives of the 17 member countries of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) as well as development partners from the region.