Fish Talk: 10th Tuna Data Workshop

National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) participated in the 10th annual Regional Tuna Data Workshop (TDW) in Noumea, New Caledonia from April 25-29, 2016. The workshop was held and sponsored by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and focused on the National Tuna Data Coordinators (NTDC). It was attendant by participants from SPC member countries. NORMA had two staff representing the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Mr. Derek Pelep and Mrs. Prileen Martin.
TDW 10 is for SPC country members to develop and improve their scientific tuna monitoring and management capacity in order to meet their data reporting requirements to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). The workshop provides a platform for participants to get expert advice from fisheries specialist and scientist from SPC, the Foreign Fisheries Agency (FFA) and WCPFC. Under the guidance of the expert’s participants analyze their countries fisheries data collected from vessel log sheets and observer data. The work started in the workshop is important because the reports resulting from the TDW will help country member’s asses their fisheries, influence management decisions and fishing strategies and negotiations with fishing companies.
Funding was provided from the Japan Trust Fund administered through WCPFC. The FSM Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) supported one of the two FSM participants. Many thanks to the hard working staff of SPC, FFA and WCPFC for the continuing support to Pacific Island country members.