The Business PNG team was in Manilla recently for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, an annual event in which members of the commission meet to discuss one of the Pacific’s greatest resources, Tuna.
Fisheries Minister Patrick Basa along with a large delegation from Papua New Guinea, joined delegations from Pacific nations and fishing powers such as Europe, China, and the United States at the 14th regular session of the WCPFC. Their task; to set the rules for the world’s biggest fishery.
The commission’s annual meetings are aimed at developing conservation and management measures for the tuna stock.
Critical discussions on tropical tunas, illegal fishing, observer safety and curbing transhipment at sea were the key topics at this year’s meetings.