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Complaint ProcessDownload PDF Version

Any person, group or community can make a complaint or grievance, ask for information on the project, or get in touch for any reason.  FSM NORMA PROP PROJECT can receive COMPLAINTS on the environmental and social performance of the PROP project at the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

There is a set process for timely and effective receiving, recording, addressing and closing out complaints to ensure rights and interests of every person affected by poor environmental performance or social management of the project are protected.  The process allows for resolution of complaints immediately by project implementers on site, by project staff, mediators or a designated complaints committee prior to referral to the court system.

The various ways to get in touch are:

1)      By Phone:  (691) 320-2700 at FSM NORMA Office with Mr. OKean Ehmes or Mr. Mathew Chigiyal.

2)      By email: with copy to

3)      By mail: Post Office Box PS-122, Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM 96941

4)      In person: 2nd Floor, Ambros Building in Kolonia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. Give to Mr. OKean Ehmes or drop in suggestion/complaints box.

5)      Website:

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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,

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: and copy to


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Longline Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) Workshop

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Longline Vessel Day Scheme Workshop Sets New Goals For FSM


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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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).

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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.

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FSM Surveillance & Fisheries Satellite Monitoring Training

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FSM NORMA| Oct. 27, 2017

FSM Surveillance & Fisheries Satellite Monitoring Training

On October 9, 2017, staff from the FSM Department of Justice (DOJ) Maritime Surveillance Wing and the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) gathered at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Annex Building for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) training. The week-long training, conducted by experts from the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, allowed FSM’s maritime enforcement officers and fisheries compliance staff to upgrade their skills on use of the Regional Satellite Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). The VMS is one of the key MCS tools utilized by FFA members to monitor fishing vessels in their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).

The training was officially opened by NORMA Executive Director, Mr. Eugene Pangelinan, who noted that continual upgrading of systems and skills are essential to an effective fisheries management regime. Mr. Pangelinan highlighted the significant work in fisheries management that has been accomplished over the past decade as a result of the VMS and encouraged participants to absorb as much knowledge as they could from the regional FFA experts as well as FSM’s own in-country experts, VMS Officers Mr. Justino Helgen from NORMA and Mr. Whylik Alfons from DOJ. The training was part of a series of MCS exercises that the FSM requested as part of its Country Service Agreement with FFA and an in-country roll-out of the recently upgraded VMS. Training participants expressed their appreciation for the timeliness and relevance of the training to the FSM, which would aid in carrying out daily MCS tasks, providing policy advice and planning maritime operational activities. The VMS training focused on teaching officers the functionality of various modules on the new VMS Trackwell System and how to operate it to combat, prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in FSM’s multi-million dollar generating EEZ.

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FSM – The Board of Directors of the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is supporting new measures at the Authority to adopt new technologies to improve on its ever challenging work to manage FSM’s oceanic fisheries resources.

Board members and stakeholder meeting.

“We recognize that the technology exists today to improve how we do our business and make NORMA decision making more streamlined and efficient while at the same time, being environmentally friendly. Many of our counterparts in the fisheries industry are adopting new technologies to become more efficient in harvesting our valuable resources and we on the management side must keep pace or even be a step ahead to ensure sustainability of our tuna resources, especially through better management and use of technology and access to relevant information and data.” Says Mr. Roger Arnold, Chairman of the NORMA Board of Directors.

One of the first measures to be implemented involves the Board members as they are shifting to paperless meetings by fully utilizing the internet and laptops provided by FSM NORMA as part of its World Bank-funded PROP Project.  This helps with the Authority’s environmental goals as well as its effort to improve on information management whereby much of the Authority’s work and processes are being automated.

“The ability of staff to collect, process data and information and pass on to the Board can be greatly improved with these laptops,” says Executive Director Eugene Pangelinan, “and certainly more so when Board of Directors are from all four States of the FSM.  The laptops will be used during official NORMA meetings, removing the need to print hundreds of pages each meeting and for communicating with our Board on a regular basis and maintaining better records of our business transactions.

While the Board has been conducting paperless meetings for most of this year, the laptops will be issued at their next meeting during a negotiations meeting with bilateral partners.