The 15th Western and Central Pacific Commission meeting began this week at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Naipote Katonitabua and his delegation from the Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives from the private sector are at the meet.

During his opening remarks, Katonitabua reaffirmed Fiji’s position which highlights the interest of our nation and the future generation.

Katonitabua went on to emphasize Fiji’s willingness to work with all partners inclusive of Forum Fisheries Agency and WCPFC to achieve a common yet benefiting output.

Funded by the WCPFC Secretariat and hosted by the US government, the meeting begun with the outgoing Chair Rhea Moss – Christian stressing the priorities of the commission, and what is expected from members in ensuring the WCPFC is at the forefront in endorsing management measures to ensure resource sustainability.

Prior to concluding, Katonitabua highlighted key areas which Fiji will engage in which includes finalization of the outstanding measure on; “South Pacific Albacore Target Reference Points, and harvest Strategy for Tropical Tuna to name a few.

The meet will conclude on Friday.

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