Monthly Archives: January 2018

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Federated States of Micronesia registers its Maritime Treaties with the United Nations Secretariat

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FSM Permanent Mission to UN, New York

The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), through its Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, had on 4 August 2017, registered with the United Nations a Treaty between the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) concerning maritime boundaries and cooperation on related matters.  The Treaty signed in Majuro, the Capital of the RMI on 5 July 2006, came into force in accordance with its article 7 on 24 July 2015.

Two other treaties which the FSM Government had also entered into were also registered with the UN on 8 November 2017.  These include the Treaty with the Republic of Palau concerning maritime boundaries and cooperation on related matters, signed on 6 July 2005, also concluded in Majuro, and the Amended Treaty between the Federated States of Micronesia and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea concerning maritime boundaries and cooperation on related matters.  The amended treaty was signed in Port Moresby on 7 September 2015.

The treaties were registered by the FSM Government with the United Nations pursuant to Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations which requires every treaty and every international agreement entered into by a Member of the United Nations to be registered with, and published by the Secretariat.   Article 102 further gives publicity to all treaties and international agreements subject to registration.

An additional treaty yet to be registered is that with the United States of America (US) for the maritime boundary between the FSM and Guam.  The registration is awaiting domestic ratification by the US.

The registration of the treaties is another significant achievement by the FSM in defining the extent of its maritime space. This followed FSM’s achievement in extending its normal continental shelf (seabed) beyond the limits of its Exclusive Economic Zone through the joint extended continental shelf submission to the United Nations by the FSM, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands with respect to the Ontong Java Plateau.  The Ontong Java Plateau is a massive mountain range that lies beneath the high seas between the FSM, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

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Chinese firm showcases tuna catch after deal with Micronesia

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“Shenzhen Lian Cheng Yuan Yang Fishing Co., a major Chinese fishery firm, recently showcased its Pacific Islands-sourced tuna at a glitzy event in Guangzhou.”
Read more at Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association

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[Public Notice] Vessel Monitoring System Regulations

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This is to inform the general public that National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA), through its Board of Directors, hereby proposes to promulgate the Vessel Monitoring System Regulations. This public notice is made pursuant Section 204 of Title 24 of the Code of the Federated States of Micronesia.

The purpose of the VMS Regulations is to prescribe the legal requirements and responsibility for a fishing vessel operating within FSM or FSM Flagged to register in the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). The VMS system is a tool that enables NORMA to monitor the position and activities of foreign and domestic fishing vessels for the purpose of effective management of fisheries. The regulations also require all fishing vessels operating in FSM or FSM flagged to install, maintain and operate a Automated Location Communicator (ALC) device which transmit information or data concerning the position, fishing, and other activities of the fishing vessel.

These regulations are necessary to implement Section 611 of Title 24 of the Code of the Federated States of Micronesia. The proposed Regulations are open for public’s view and comment beginning on the date of posting and ending on the 30th day of posting. Extra copies of the proposed Regulations can be obtained from the Office of the Executive Director, NORMA. Any person interested in commenting on the proposed Regulations may do so in written submission to:

Eugene Pangelinan
National Oceanic Resource Management Authority
P.O. Box PS-122
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM 96941
Tel: (691) 320-2700
Fax:  (691) 320-2383

All written comments or submissions must be submitted to NORMA within the thirty (30) days after the posting of this notice. Written comments and submission must be submitted to NORMA during office working hours (8am to 5pm) from Monday to Friday working days.

The VMS Regulations are proposed to take effect forty days from the date of the posting of this Notice. Otherwise a different effective date will be noted on the certified copy of the Regulations to be filed pursuant to 17 FSMC Section 103(1).