Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems
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Project funded by The SciCOFish project provides a reliable and improved scientific basis for management and decision making in oceanic and coastal fisheries, giving P-ACP countries the means to develop efficient management measures, the skills to monitor their effectiveness, and some important tools to combat IUU fishing on the high seas.

The DevFish2 project overall objective is to increase the contribution from the sustainable use of highly migratory marine resources, particularly tuna, to the alleviation of poverty in Pacific states. It promotes the establishment of a more favourable policy environment for tuna industry development in Pacific countries, including the small scale component. It will provide direct assistance to small and medium enterprises in the sector as well as artisanal fishers and also build a region-wide IUU deterrence strategy, utilising the results of initial monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) studies in building robust and cost-effective regional capabilities to combat IUU fishing.

Component 1: Tuna Industry Development


1.1 Assist with Fishery Development Strategies

This task will continue the work of DevFish focusing on implementation of 3 existing action plans, and the development of new plans with strong stakeholder input and a focus on environmental sustainability covering both fishing and processing.

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1.2 Transparency in systems and procedures (industry associations – capacity building in access negotiations)

This task will involve strengthening industry associations and artisanal fishers' representation, and providing training and advice on fishing access agreements and licenses to national government staff.

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1.3 Provide technical assistance to Competent Authorities – (coordinated with SFP and ACP fish 2)

Support will be provided for meeting requirements associated with sanitary inspection and EU catch certification (anti- IUU fishing) requirements.

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1.4 Provide training to industry for expansion of exports (vessels and fish handling)

In parallel with support to competent authorities, this task will train fishing companies to improve vessels and fish handling practices to achieve sanitary standards.

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1.5 Provide technical assistance and training for fishing companies.

Focusing on small and medium enterprises, work will focus on management issues and skill shortages constraining growth and profitability.


1.6 Conduct pilot projects introducing new technologies

Projects may include trials of palm oil as boiler fuel in processing plants the trial of other clean technologies and replacement of 2-stroke with 4-stroke engines for artisanal fisheries.

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1.7 Support artisanal tuna fishing operations

Working with small-scale fishers associations established or supported under DevFish, provide training and services to artisanal tuna fishers and small scale processors supplying local markets.

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Component 2. IUU Fishing Deterrence


2.1 Implement the Regional Monitoring Control and Surveillance Strategy (RMCSS)

Analytical studies funded by Australia in the areas of risk assessment, compliance audit, information management, coordination and capability have been completed, as well as other initial studies undertaken under the SciFish project, and they have been integrated into the RMCSS. Plans are proceeding to implement the strategy, to include the creation of a regional MCS coordination centre, are being e developed and assessed.

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2.2 Identify and Remedy Technical, Legal and Capacity Shortfalls.

When the strategy is implemented , technical, legal and capacity shortfalls will be identified and addressed. This may take the form of training programmes, legislative reviews, feasibility studies trialling new technologies, and/or planning for the acquisition of new enforcement assets.


2.3 Integrated Assessment of Enforcement and Fisheries Databases.

This task will integrate fisheries data with the FFA’s EOPS system for at-sea surveillance data. Analysis of integrated data will address IUU fishing issues, such as under-reporting, which otherwise often go undetected allowing for more accurate assessment of actual catches for stock assessment and feeding back to inform at-sea surveillance strategies.

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2.4 Integrated enforcement action.

Promotion of regional integration of MCS operations through real-time information exchange and joint operations with US Navy, Australian Defence Force, New Zealand Defence Force, and French Navy as well as MCS agencies operating in OCTs.