Since 2010, operations across the Pacific have resulted in the seizure of over 1.3 tonnes of cocaine either confirmed or believed to have been bound for international lucrative markets with transit points through Fiji and other PICs.
The French Permanent Secretary for the Pacific and Permanent Representative to the SPC Christian Lechervy was today briefed about the special place of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in the region’s architecture, the role of development partners and the upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21) which will take place in Paris.
Pacific islands including Fiji have been urged to use effective traceability system to help address the urgent and critical problem of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Speaking at a press conference today World Wild Life Fund (WWF) tuna strategy leader Jose Ingles said a traceability system is an important tool not only for food safety but it can be used as a management tool to manage fishing.
Ingles said governments around the region need to recognise IUU fishing as a threat and prioritise actions at national and regional levels to address the problem.
The Coral Triangle Fishers Forum said traceability and catch documentation is the effective information management system that can address IUU threats.
The forum said governments need to allocate sufficient funds for monitoring, controlling, surveillance technologies and enacting traceability and catch documentation measures in fisheries.
The forum also said that implementing such systems will entail stronger support from key stakeholders across the entire supply chain and appropriate incentives and skills need to be developed for different fisheries to adopt them.
The forum is calling on suppliers, retailers, buyers, and restaurateurs in sustainable and legally-caught seafood to directly pressure governments to adopt and implement traceability systems as a core component of fisheries management.
The three-day Coral Triangle Fishers Forum which was attended by more than 100 participants from 25 countries ended today.
Chinese group signs multiple agreementsThe visiting Guangdong delegation from China today signed more than 20 cooperative agreements on health, tourism, timber industry, real estate, agriculture and mining with the Fijian Government.
Nakarawa stars in historic Warriors winFlying Fijians lanky forward Leone Nakarawa helped Glasgow Warriors to become the first Scottish team to lift the Guinness Pro 12 title as they defeated Irish club Munster 31-13 at Kingspan Stadium.
'Green'-tinted SUVs at Seoul Motor ShowGas-guzzling SUVs, eco-friendly electric cars and the odd brave attempt to marry the selling points of both are taking centre stage at the biennial Seoul Motor Show.
Vodafone wins top international awardVodafone Fiji has been recognised with another international award, this time at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards and Innovation Summit in Piccadilly, London.
Himesh ready to rock FijiBollywood actor, singer, composer and music director Himesh Reshammiya says he is touched by the Fijian way of life and is ready to entertain and rock Fijians in Suva and Nadi.
ODPP withdraws charges against duoThe Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has withdrawn its charges against former Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) workers Vimal Krishna and Agesh Prakash.