JAPAN-FFA fund receives long-term boost for Pacific Fisheries to 2028

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3 Nov 2017,
FFA Conference Centre, Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS—A decade of funding support from the Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Fund (OFCF) of Japan for Pacific Fisheries has been renewed for a further ten years. Pacific member delegations attending the 104th Special session of the Forum Fisheries Committee witnessed the formal signing today at the Forum Fisheries Agency’s Conference Centre, committing 330,000 USD annually for Pacific Fisheries from the OFCF, through its Japan Promotion Fund.
FFA Director General James Movick thanked OFCF President Yoshiharu Takenaka for personally making the long journey from Japan for the formalities, and for the valuable assistance provided by the Japanese Promotion Fund over the last ten years. The fund has supported capacity building for fisheries administrations in Pacific nations, including observer program training, new fishing technologies, public affairs and outreach support for maritime delimitation, investment support, and boosted Pacific engagement on global fisheries.
“I am delighted to note the commitment from both FFA members and our Ministers, and from Japan and the OFCF, to continue this new phase of support from the Japan Promotion Fund, and the efforts which have resulted in this assistance to our members,” says DG Movick.
“More than budgetary support, I believe this funding pledge reflects a broader commitment from the OFCF, to working in partnership with Pacific nations for the sustainable management of our tuna fisheries.”
Given the presence of Fisheries officials at the signing – attending the14th FFA Management Options Committee to clarify and develop positions going into the WCPC14 , DG Movick noted the special consultation between members and Japan which had preceded the MOC, and his hope for “even stronger cooperation between the FFA membership and Japan in the coming Tuna Commission meeting in Manila”.