This comes as powerful fishing nations across the globe like the US, Japan, European Union, Korea and Taiwan prepare to face tuna and shark conservation groups like Pew Environmental group, Green Peace, Parties to the Nauru Agreement(PNA) and Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) in their fight for recognition by the commission.
Solomon Islands amongst other PNA and FFA countries would like to see the WCPFC meeting turns out positive to address conservation and management measures of their tuna fisheries.
Pew Environment group said heated discussions are expected for the upcoming WCPFC meeting.
Hot issues to be debated include conservation and management measures of tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean, where more than half of the world’s tuna source comes from.
Pew said they will also take up management measures for several species of threatened sharks and also to explore possible solutions to Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
It was further reported that Pew experts attending the Manila meeting will provide an overview of economic and environmental issues related to tuna, sharks, and illegal fishing.
PNA on the other hand is expected to push forward for more tougher compliance from Distant Water Fishing Nations(DWFN) to its existing management and conservation measures like the use of Fish Aggregated Devices (FADs),closer of the High Seas Pockets (HSP) and for DWFN to be more responsible and adopted scientifically proven fishing practices.
Meanwhile, journalists around the globe who will be attending the Manila meeting will be given a phone media briefing from Pew next week about what is expected for the meeting.
The Tele-press briefing will be done by Pew’s WCPFC delegation lead for the meeting, Gerald Leap, Pew’s Director of Tuna Conservation Amanda Nickson and Manager of global shark conservation Elizabeth Wilson.
The author of this article will travel to Manila to report on the meeting for the Solomon Star newspaper.
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