PNA Ministers Meeting, Koror, Palau

14th Annual Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Ministerial Meeting in Koror, Palau

On May 29-30, 2019, Fisheries Ministers from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Member Countries will convene in Koror, Palau for their 14th annual meeting. Ministers will be considering several important issues at this meeting, such as the PNA Office budget, PNA’s Strategic Plan, the 2020 Party Allowable Effort (PAE), an independent Chair for the PNA Compliance Committee, the purchase of Fisheries Information Management System (FIMS) from Quick Access, high seas bunkering, Vanuatu’s request to join PNA’s Longline (LL) Vessel Day Scheme (VDS), and the MoU on Tokelau joining the FSM Arrangement(FSMA). There will also be updates on PNA’s new office being constructed in Majuro, Forum Fisheries Roadmap and Implementation of the Fisheries Roadmap adopted by Leaders in 2015, US Treaty, PNA FAD Management and EM Programs, and updates on MSC and Pacifical. Prior to the Ministers’ meeting, a special pre-Ministers Meeting will be held to allow senior fisheries officials to prepare for the Ministerial meeting.

FSM is represented at this meeting at the Officials level by the Executive Director of NORMA, Mr. Eugene Pangelinan, and Fisheries Economist, Mrs. Camille Movick-Inatio. Secretary Marion Henry will be attending as the Minister for Fisheries for FSM.

PNA consists of 8 member countries, FSM, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu. Tokelau is also a participant at these meetings as a party to the Palau Arrangement (PA), which is the management arrangement for the purse seine fishery. FSM is the 3rd largest player in the PNA and generates approximately $60 million in fisheries revenue from the VDS. It is also leading the work on advocating electronic monitoring and has proposed that PNA adopt the establishment of a working group to progress EM development in PNA as directed by Ministers.