Micronesian Productions publishes IUU Fishing Video for the North Pacific

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Micronesian Productions received a grant from the Pacific Regional Environmental Office (REO) out of the US Embassy in Suva, Fiji, to produce a two part video series on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing in the North Pacific. The video launched on Friday, October 14th during a meeting with the new US Ambassador to the FSM, Mr. Robert Riley. The two part series is posted to YouTube and can be accessed from the Micronesian Productions Facebook page. The videos can also be seen on ICTV in Pohnpei.
Executive Director of Micronesian Productions, Mr. Patrick Blank, said the launch will be promoted in each FAS country in the North Pacific by sending copies of the videos to all TV stations and Departments of Education in the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau and the FSM. “We made these videos with the general public in mind but intend to get them played in schools across the Pacific so our children grow up knowing the importance of our fishery resources.”

The first video provides definitions for what IUU fishing is and names all the fisheries organizations, describing what each one does to help combat IUU fishing. The second video goes into detail about what each of the 3 FAS countries are doing to protect their waters from IUU fishing and how well it’s working.
The REO website states that “Because many of today’s environmental problems can best be addressed through regional cooperation, the US Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs established 12 regional environmental offices (REOs). One of these, the Pacific Regional Environmental Office, is located in the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji. This office tracks environmental developments in 16 Pacific island countries and territories, and works with Pacific governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental actors to strengthen and expand U.S. engagement with Pacific island countries in efforts that respond to the major environmental challenges facing the region. The Pacific REO’s particular focal areas are; Climate Change Adaptation, Biodiversity Protection, and Oceanic Fisheries Management