Civil society and non-governmental organisations are now better equipped to deal with policy issues on the Pacific region’s tuna industry, following the launch of WWF’s Policy Analysis and Engagement Toolkit: A guide for Pacific Non-government Organizations in the Fisheries Sector.

With the fisheries sector a major source of livelihood for Pacific Island Countries, the toolkit will give stakeholders the ability to identify and relate to issues faced by the fisheries sector and provide potential support opportunities to address such issues.

“There are many examples in the past of exploitation and mismanagement of the fisheries sector by
various actors.

As a result, damaging social-ills related to fisheries are emerging in the Pacific and hence the need to be addressed through effective public policy that embrace partnerships between government agencies and non-government organizations operating in the same space.”

“Also in order for NSA representatives to effectively engage and influence national and regional fisheries policy dialogue, they need to be proficient in policy analysis and this is where the toolkit comes in,” highlights WWF-Pacific’s Sustainable Fisheries and Seafood Programme Manager,
Duncan Williams.

With the total fishery and aquaculture production of the zones of 22 Pacific islands countries and territories in 2014 estimated at two million metric tonnes, and worth around $USD 3.2 billion,
Williams adds the toolkit will supplement the work NSAs undertake in the region in relation to fisheries.

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