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GET HOOKED ON EM…

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 Get Hooked on the Electronic Monitoring Symposium in

The Federated States of Micronesia, April 10-12, 2019

Join us in transforming how seafood is managed worldwide

Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. January 16, 2019 – The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is excited to announce a first of its kind symposium from April 10-12, 2019 in Pohnpei assemble key senior officials from Pacific nations and tuna management institutions to examine how electronic monitoring (EM) can be used to drive more sustainable fishing practices. Why is EM so important? EM systems use technology such as video, cameras, remote sensors, global positioning system (GPS) satellites, and hard drives installed on fishing boats to automatically gather critical fisheries data. With EM, we can stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, which robs Pacific island nations of more than USD$600 million a year and we can ensure that tuna continues to feed the world’s growing population.

Three months ago, when President Peter M. Christian declared FSM’s commitment to achieve full tuna fishery transparency by 2023, he was not going to wait to take action. He set the example for other Pacific island nations– introduce EM and improve human observer coverage for all the industrial tuna fishing vessels in FSM’s waters. With more than half of the global tuna supply coming from the western and central Pacific Ocean, there is a need to collect better fisheries data through EM to ensure that food resources and livelihoods continue to exist for future generations. And that we minimize bycatch of at-risk species like sharks, rays, sea turtles, birds, and marine mammals.

And now the call to action: President Christian, with support from The Nature Conservancy, is challenging FSM’s neighboring Pacific island countries to meet this same goal through the Technology for Tuna Transparency (T-3) Challenge. The T-3 Challenge is a combination of monitoring and regional pacts aimed at improving fishing oversight. The initiative represents the first time a developing country has committed to 100% transparency in its fishery operations; if it succeeds, it could trigger a transformation of how seafood is managed worldwide.

The FSM is not alone in this challenge. The Parties to the Nauru agreement (PNA), which includes the eight Pacific island nations that control over 50 percent of the world’s supply of skipjack tuna and get as much as 50 percent of their national income from fishery revenues, are adopting EM programs. Taking into account FSM’s leadership on the T-3 Challenge, the PNA Office will launch EM programs within the region to help advance this critical goal.

In support of the T-3 Challenge and the growing EM interest within PNA, FSM is hosting an EM symposium in Pohnpei, FSM from April 10-12, 2019. The goal is to align on a shared regional vision for the application of EM. This will also provide an opportunity to share lessons learned and best practices for evolving EM programs in the western and central Pacific Oceans. The expected outcomes are: (1) clear commitments from other Pacific islands nations to the T-3 Challenge, (2) a shared vision for EM, (3) enhanced knowledge of EM and EM program design and implementation, and (4) an appreciation of the challenges and advantages of EM.

We believe that fish, marine ecosystems, and people can coexist and thrive, and that the road to sustainability runs through community empowerment. We hope this vision will be shared by FSM’s Pacific neighbors, consumer advocates, and fishing partners. Protecting half of the world’s tuna stocks could be just the start of the global transparency revolution needed to protect our oceans – and our future.

Join us at the EM symposium from April 10-12, 2019 in Pohnpei, FSM and take the first step in securing the global tuna supply and ensuring the socio-economic well-being of Pacific island nations.

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About The Federated States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) – made up of the four island states of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae – has a population of 103,000 people and shares maritime borders with the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, Guam and Papua New Guinea. The capital, Palikir, is located on the island of Pohnpei. Learn

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


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NOTICE OF INVITATION TO QUOTE (ITQ) – PICKUP TRUCKS

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PROVISION OF PICK-UP TRUCKS

CONTRACT REFERENCE: FM-NORMA-50002-GO-RFQ

The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the procurement of two (2) 4WD crew-cab pick-up trucks.

FSM NORMA is now seeking offers from suitably qualified and experienced vendors/suppliers to supply these pick-up trucks to be provided for use by FSM NORMA satellite offices.

Bidding will be conducted through the Shopping procedures specified in the World Bank Procurement of Goods, Works, and Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers”, January 2011 and Revised July 2014, and is open to all bidders from Eligible Source Countries as defined in the Guidelines. .

Interested eligible vendors/suppliers can obtain further information from and must also request a formal Invitation To Quote (ITQ) preferably by October 29, 2018 (Pohnpei Local Time) from the following email address. 

Mr. Okean Ehmes
PROP Project Coordinator
okean.ehmes@norma.fm

Quotations in English in response to ITQs must be delivered to the address below at or before 5:00 p.m., 16 November 2018 (Pohnpei local time). Late quotations will be rejected and FSM NORMA reserves the right to reject any and all quotations submitted. Quotations may be submitted by email, courier or delivered by hand to the address below:

Mr. Eugene Pangelinan
Executive Director
FSM National Oceanic Resource Management Authority
Attn: PROP
FSM National Government
P.O. Box PS-122
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941
Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: (691) 320-2700/5181
E-mail address: norma@mail.fm and copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm

 


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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – LICENSE ASSISTANT

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for a License Assistant based in Pohnpei, FSM. The License Assistant services include:

 

General Scope of Work

The Tuna Fisheries Licensing Assistant will report to the Licensing Manager under the Division of Management and Development (MDD).  He/She will undertake the following illustrative activities:

  1. Assist the License Manager with receiving and reviewing of license applications from companies applying for a permit to fish in FSM’s waters.
  2. Assist the Manager with the manual and online process for issuance of fishing permits to fishing vessels.
  3. Assist with proper receiving, recording and reconciling of license fees received by NORMA.
  4. Assist with the collection, organizing and entry of data and information related to the permitting process into NORMA’s relevant databases.
  5. Assist with processing, analysis and dissemination of data and information related to the permitting process.
  6. Assist with licensing and related financial reporting as required by NORMA.
  7. Other duties as assigned by the Chief of MDD.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Short-listing Criteria

  1. Associates Degree in Computer Science, Marine Science or other relevant field.
  2. Demonstrable experience in use of computer and entry of data into databases.
  3. Strong attention to detail.
  4. Demonstrate punctuality and willingness to work beyond regular working hours to meet deadlines.

Duration and Indicative Remuneration

  • The consultancy is with FSM NORMA for a period of one year commencing in October 2018 to October 2019 and may be subject to renewal based on performance and availability of funding.
  • This is a time-based contract with FSM NORMA with a salary based on Local Market Payscale with a 1 year package ranging from $10,000-$12,000 depending on qualifications.

 

Application:  The FSM NORMA invites individuals to indicate their interest in providing the above-mentioned services by submitting electronic and/or hard copies of a) Cover letter or Letter of Interest, b) CV or resumé, c) Copy of school/training Degrees/Certificates and d) three 3 reference letters to NORMA no later than OCTOBER 17, 2018.  Selection will be in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition).

Full Terms of Reference (TOR) can be obtained from: NORMA, FSM National Government.  Attn: OKean Ehmes, PROP Coordinator, P.O Box PS-122, Pohnpei, FM 96941, Office Telephone: 691-320-2700/5181

Email: moria.joseph@norma.fm.  Copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm.


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INVITATION TO QUOTE – STANDBY GENERATOR

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 NOTICE OF INVITATION TO QUOTE

PROVISION OF STANDBY GENERATOR

CONTRACT REFERENCE: FM-NORMA-49996-GO-RFP

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 The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s (FSM) National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards the procurement of one standby generator.

FSM NORMA is now seeking offers from suitably qualified and experienced vendors/suppliers to supply and install a backup generator for use by FSM NORMA at its office in Kolonia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.  It is expected that vendor shall provide a quotation or proposal that may involve the following:

  • Provide a standby generator in consideration of NORMA electricity requirements currently estimated to be around 13,500 watts or 13.5 kilowatts which is based on the existing load plus 10% for additional load.
  • Install and connect standby generator within housing acceptably built by vendor (details to be provided in ITQ) including provision of all necessary connection accessories and housing materials and collaborating with local utilities company to ensure proper hook-up for automatic transmission switching.
  • Provide basic user training on generator proper use and maintenance including the provision of a user-friendly maintenance plan for the expected life of the proposed generator.

Bidding will be conducted through the Shopping procedures specified in the Guidelines for Procurement of Goods, Works, and Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 and Revised July 2014 and is open to all bidders from Eligible Source Countries as defined in the Guidelines.

Interested eligible vendors/suppliers can obtain further information from and must also request a formal Invitation To Quote (ITQ) preferably by July 15, 2018 (Pohnpei Local Time) from the following email address.  Mr. OKean Ehmes, PROP Project Coordinator, okean.ehmes@norma.fm.

Quotations in English in response to ITQs must be delivered to the address below at or before 5:00 p.m., 31 July 2018 (Pohnpei local time). Late quotations will be rejected and FSM NORMA reserves the right to reject any and all quotations submitted. Quotations may be submitted by email, courier or delivered by hand to the address below:

Mr. Eugene Pangelinan

Executive Director

FSM National Oceanic Resource Management Authority

Attn: PROP

FSM National Government

P.O. Box PS-122

Kolonia, Pohnpei   96941

Federated States of Micronesia

Telephone: (691) 320-2700/5181

E-mail address: norma@mail.fm and copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm

 


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Longline Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) Workshop

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Longline Vessel Day Scheme Workshop Sets New Goals For FSM

FSM, NORMA

On June 11-13, 2018, FSM National Oceanic Resources Management Authority (NORMA held FSM’s first Longline Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) Workshop at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Kolonia, Pohnpei. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the

FSM LL VDS Workshop Participants, WCPFC Headquarters, Pohnpei, FSM

Forum Fisheries Agency and the Office of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, and with funding assistance by the World Bank PROP. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize stakeholders about the Longline VDS and together explore the opportunities available in the FSM States for development of the longline fishery. Participants to the workshop included representatives from the FSM Department of Resources and Development andHeads or Senior Officials of State Departments’ of Fisheries, Economic Affairs, Investment, and Non-Government Organizations responsible for Natural Resource Management, and representatives from Lianchang Overseas Fishery, which is the only onshore investor in the longline fishery for FSM. Facilitator for the workshop was Mr. Wez Norris, former Deputy Director General of FFA and now Consultant to the PNAO.

The LL VDS workshop commenced with welcoming remarks by the Executive Director of NORMA, Mr. Eugene Pangelinan, who welcomed and thanked participants for their attendance, and highlighted the importance of the workshop and FSM’s objective to develop the longline fishery in the FSM. Although the longline fishery is a minor contributer to FSM’s access fee revenues, there is great potential for onshore investment and generation of additional economic benefits in the form of employment and taxes and local provisions if well planned and implemented collectively nationwide. It was therefore important for participants to discuss how the States could facilitate these investments and maximize the returns to FSM from its longline fishery.   He emphasized that the longline fishery suffered a decline in the mid 1990’s when one large foreign company departed the FSM leaving FSM with infrastructure that was hardly ever used again. Today, the opportunity to rebuild the industry is there with the support of Lian Cheng, who has remained in the fishery despite the many difficulties and challenges. FSM needs to work closely with the private sector to reinvigorate this industry which has remained dormant for decades.

The Secretary of FSM R&D, Honorable Marion Henry followed with opening remarks, highlighting the importance of the fisheries sector to FSM and the importance of having a Fisheries Investment Policy which would provide a guideline of how fisheries investments could be facilitated.

Representatives from Liancheng Overseas Fishery presented on the company’s current investments in the FSM and its future expansion plans, and spoke of theissues or challenges the company currently faced in the respective States they have invested in, including how the government could assist to ensure their investments are able to continue to grow.

In addition to being sensitized about fisheries in the Pacific Islands, the PNA longline vessel day scheme and performance of the longline fishery in the FSM, participants were given the opportunity to discuss in working groups their State priorities and investment potentials, as well as the current challenges faced in each State and actions that need to be taken to address those challenges. Those discussions were an important result of the workshop as it would feed into the Fisheries Investment Policy that FFA is currently assisting the FSM Government with. It is anticipated that by the end of this year this Fisheries Investment Policy would be completed.


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NORMA’s Fisheries Awareness Program in the FSM

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NORMA’s Fisheries Awareness Program in the FSM

April 16, 2018

To celebrate World Tuna Day on May 2, 2016, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) hosted an Art and Talent Quest competition among entries from all the PNA Countries. The winner for the 2016 competition was a poem entitled “Teach Your Children” by Ms. Jasmine Mendiola of Pohnpei, FSM. It was then that the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) came to know of her passion for the marine ecosystem and all her work and efforts in the conservation and management in this area, through aquaculture and education. Consequently, NORMA appointed her as the Fisheries Ambassador in an effort to link the public with NORMA’s continued work in pelagic fisheries management.

The Fisheries Awareness Ambassador has conducted awareness presentations in Chuuk institutions including Xavier High School, Berea Christian School, Saramen Chuuk High School, Chuuk High School and COM Chuuk Campus, reaching over 240 participants. She has also done the same at Yap institutions such as Yap Catholic School, Yap SDA School, COM Yap Campus and COM Fisheries and Maritime Institution (FMI) where the awareness program reached over 140 participants.

While in Yap, Japanese volunteer to NORMA, Ms. Megumi Oda conducted educational art activities with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders of Yap SDA School. Ms. Oda asked the young students if they had seen tuna and if they liked tuna, the students exclaimed, “yes!” cheerfully. She explained to the young students the external features of the three main types of commercial tuna caught in the FSM, which are yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack. With art supplies provided by NORMA, the students were then asked to freely draw some tuna. She then explained the different fishing methods using bigillustration panels, which the students referenced to fill out their small workbooks. Once the activity was done Ms Oda distributed small gifts she prepared as a reward for completing the learning activity. “The children drew wonderful tuna pictures! I hope they learned something about tunas while having fun.” Ms. Oda. This is the first time NORMA has extended its fisheries awareness program to students in primary schools.

Mendiola will be traveling to Kosrae at the end of April to continue NORMA’s awareness program and to assist in the coordination of World Tuna Day celebrations in Kosrae on May 2nd.


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Expression of Interest – National Food Inspector (s)

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

 The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward FOUR  NATIONAL FOOD INSPECTORS based at the FSM Department of Health & Social Affairs (FSMDHSA) (ONE in Kosrae, FSM; ONE in Yap, FSM and TWO in Pohnpei, FSM) and reporting to the Head of National Food Safety Inspection Program or his designate. The National Food Inspector services include:

 GENERAL SCOPE OF WORK

  • To provide regulatory inspection and certification services to fishing industry vessels and establishments within Federated States of Micronesia in accordance with the National Food Safety Act (PL 7-116), Subsidiary Food Safety Regulations, associated amendments, as well as the National Control Plan (NCP) and other Competent Authority (CA) System documents;
  • To provide advice to other organizations with regard to the safety of fish and fishery products.
  • Perform routine inspection of food facilities and vessels engaged in receiving, storing or preparation of food and food products for commercial import or export and recommend regarding the formal approval of establishments and vessels;
  • To perform sampling and testing as required in the NCP and the National Monitoring Plan and Regulation
  • Effective and accurate recording and reporting of CA official control activities;
  • Enter ports of entry, detain and search vehicles/vessels at such port of entry and examine and take samples of articles and anything which is capable of being used for such preparation, packaging, storage, sale or conveyance;
  • Collect evidence, samples of suspected food, obtaining statements and preparing reports;
  • Act as witness in support of the charges against offenders of the National Food Safety Act and Regulations;
  • Assist in developing and implementing training programs in Sanitation Management and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) for the food industry;
  • Assist States with relevant education activities, surveys/investigations during outbreaks, conduct food inspections/recalls.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree in food science, health, fisheries or related field. Associates Degree may be acceptable if proven extensive relevant experience.
  • 2 years experience in food safety inspection, management, sanitation or related work
  • Fluency in the English language.
  • Good written and oral communication skills including basic computer skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and under limited supervision with strong attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work outside conventional working hours.
  • Good people skills
  • Strong commitment to sanitation and hygiene.

The incumbent shall undergo one (1) year of field work to be administered by the CA Team Leader.  The incumbent must also attend, complete and pass the biennial national food safety and health certification training course and examination.

 DURATION and REMUNERATION

The position will be full-time for an initial two (2) year period. Salary will be based on the Local Labor Market Payscale and/or depending on qualifications under a Contract with FSM NORMA.

 APPLICATION

The FSM NORMA invites submissions by electronic and/or hard copies of a) Letter of Interest, b) CV or resumѐ, c) support Degrees/Certificates and d) 3 reference letters to NORMA no later than MAY 31, 2018 or until filled.  Selection will be in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition).  Full Terms of Reference (TOR) can be obtained from:

NORMA, FSM National Government

Attn: OKean Ehmes, PROP Coordinator

POBox 122, Pohnpei, FM 96941

Office Telephone: 691-320-2700/5181

Email: moria.joseph@norma.fm.  Copy to okean.ehmes@norma.fm


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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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Importance and Urgency of Competent Authority in the FSM

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Fishing Companies Reiterate the Importance and Urgency of Competent Authority in the FSM

With the introduction of the Vessel Day Scheme and the annual increases in fishing access fees, fishing companies accessing FSM’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) have expressed greater interest in establishing tuna processing plants in the FSM in order to qualify for special considerations on access fees and reduce operational costs.

The NORMA Board met with several companies with proposals to establish cold storage facilities in Kosrae as well as loin processing plants in both Kosrae and Pohnpei. It is anticipated that these projects would generate 150-800 employees.

In all the presentations given, the common message from the fishing companies was the critical need and urgency to have a Competent Authority for IUU and Health Safety established in the FSM. Most of the distant water nation fleets fishing in the region export their catch to the EU market, which is currently the most lucrative market for fish products. Companies who have voiced their interest in investing in the FSM are among those fleet. They all stressed during the meeting that their investments would be contingent upon the establishment of the CA. The CA for IUU and Health and Food Safety are market access requirements set by the EU for Countries that wish to export fish into its market. The CA ensures that fish exported into the EU are sustainably caught and are safe for consumption. The only Countries in the Pacific region that have managed to establish a CA are PNG, Fiji, and recently, the small island nation of Kiribati. With the growing interest to invest in the fisheries sector in the FSM, it is imperative that a CA be established soon. NORMA, with support from World Bank under the PROP Project and assistance from New Zealand under a Technical Assistance Project, aims to achieve that within two years.