We currently have four projects underway - briefly described below - with more in the pipeline. As we finalize projects and studies we make them available for download here.
A Snapshot of Rights Based Management Provisions in the Pacific Islands
This paper summarizes the extent to which legislation in 15 Pacific Island nations supports effective rights-based management (RBM) by asking three questions: (1) To what extent is RBM permitted in offshore commercial fisheries; (2) How strong are RBM provisions; and (3) Are traditional or customary fishing rights legally recognized?
Review of Regional Priorities Relating to Coastal and Offshore Fisheries
An in-depth review of regional policy documents, treaties and Forum Communiques. Challenges and emerging priorities relating to marine resources, fisheries management and coastal communities were identified, categorized into themes, and quantified. The resulting body of work identifies 23 unique capacity building priorities, highlights the top 10 priorities in the region, and describes six cross-cutting areas of engagement.
Understanding Potential Benefits of Enhanced Transferability of Fishing Rights
An initial assessment of the potential for Pacific Island nations to increase demand for the tuna fishing access rights they issue, through enhanced transferability between vessels and companies. The overarching goal is to optimize the value of rights without compromising the control the Pacific Islands have over tuna fisheries in their waters. The project entails expert interviews, case studies, review of existing regulations and recommendations to Pacific Island leaders.
Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Management Options for Fiji's Longline Fishery
Using vessel cost and earnings data, as well as weekly catch and effort data from Fijian flagged vessels, this is an analysis undertaken to identify pathways to maintain and potentially increase the profitability of Fiji’s domestic longline fleet. This analysis was conducted in cooperation with the Fiji Fishing Industry Association and the Ministry of Fisheries.