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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 30) – New Zealand and Solomon Islands reached an agreement in Wellington yesterday regarding fisheries between the two Pacific nations.

The agreement formalizes access to New Zealand flagged vessels to fish in the Solomon Islands’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) under licenses issued by the Solomon Islands.

New Zealand flagged vessels fishing in Solomon waters must adhere to the Solomon Islands Fisheries Act, but the agreement signed means that this is also backed up by the New Zealand Fisheries Act.

New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said the agreement ensures New Zealand flagged vessels play by the rules of other fishing nations when fishing in their waters.

"We want to ensure that New Zealand companies build on their already good reputation for being responsible international citizens," said Anderton

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