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Solomon Islands, 17-18 Nov 2009



The Regional Needs Assessment workshop for the Pacific region of the ACP Fish II Programme took place in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on 17 and 18 November. In total, there were 15 participants in this workshop. 6 countries were represented: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga. Furthermore, 2 RFBs and 1 NGO participated: FFA, SPC and Worldfish.

 

A summary of the workshop's main conclusions can be found below. For the full report of the workshop, please click here [Workshop Report in English]. For photos from the workshop, please click on the link on the left hand menu.

 

The workshop noted that the planning and policy frameworks were already in place and that member countries were keen to identify areas for co-investment to supplement and complement existing activities through implementation. It was further noted that implementation at the national level with respect to conservation and management measures as well as other fisheries management obligations and requirements was of critical importance. Strong national management systems will serve to strengthen the regional approach to fisheries management.

Medium to long term TAs were preferred to ensure that in-country work is conducted from inception through to the first phase of implementation and ensuring that local capacity is built to allow for on-going implementation as appropriate.

The workshop has identified the areas where the main support by the Programme is needed and proposed the following main conclusions:

-     Develop, update, review “national fisheries policies” or equivalent as strategic overall umbrella;

-     Continue to develop fishery or issue specific management plans including for inshore and coastal fisheries which may not have been identified in existing regional or national plans;

-     Capacity development in specific activities to build content, knowledge and technical capacity;

-     TA to advise on the EC IUU Regulation and as appropriate set up policies and procedures;

-     Seek opportunities for co-investment in all fisheries, focus on trade management and development at national and sub regional level, including in-country assessments of value-adding opportunities;

-     Enhanced focus on inshore/coastal fishery priorities;

-     Review update MCS and enforcement regulations (port State measures, offences and penalty scheme) and national implementation of regulations and plans to flow from regional MCS Strategy and inshore/coastal requirements;

-     Capacity building of national fisheries administrations and training for inspectors, observers and judiciaries;

-     Enhance skills and technical knowledge for research identification and build understanding of stocks not yet exploited but of potential future importance;

-     Implementation of practical ways to improve investment/commercial environment and regularly update review of investment policies;

-     Capacity building for local operators including fish cooperatives;

-     Development of procedures to manage access to, dissemination and protection of shared information.