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27
Apr

U.S. Fleet Reiterates Position About Closure Of American Samoa Fishing Grounds

 

An owner and operator of US longline fleet, based in American Samoa, has reiterated to the federal government that closure or limitation of fishing ground access will only hurt US fishermen and fleet, with no impact on non-US fleet. The reminder to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) came from Christinna Lutu-Sanchez, who provided comments on a federal proposed Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to analyze the environmental impacts of the continued authorization and management of U.S. Pacific Island deep-set tuna long-line fisheries under the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific (FEP) and other applicable laws.

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Thu
27
Apr

Workshop Looks At Cultural, Historical Impact Of U.S. Military Buildup In Guam

 

Representatives from the Department of Defense, government of Guam and public consultants met Thursday to review progress on the military buildup projects involving historic properties. The workshop was an open space for participants to share their concerns on plans to preserve the cultural and historic artifacts on Guam, according to Maj. Tim Patrick, public affairs officer of Marine Corps Activity Guam.

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Thu
27
Apr

Samoa Tops Pacific Islands On 2017 World Press Freedom Index

 

Samoa is ranked highest among Pacific Island countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders places Samoa on 21st place, followed by Tonga on 49th place and Papua New Guinea on 51st. The lowest ranked Pacific country is Fiji on 67th place.

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Thu
27
Apr

Cook Islands PM Blames Noncompliant Landowners For Muri Lagoon Pollution Problem

 

Property owners in Muri who have not upgraded or cleaned out their septic tanks be warned – the prime minister’s eyes are on you. The issue of the water quality in Muri lagoon – and the connection with overloaded waste systems – has long been ringing alarm bells. An interim plan to use special septic tanks descended into a farce last year when a combination of bureaucratic mistakes and local property owners reacting against cost meant little upgrading was done.

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Thu
27
Apr

Pacific Islands Forum Addresses UN Commission On The Status Of Women

 

Ocean management, resilient and sustainable development, and ending violence against women were three key issues raised by the Pacific Islands Forum. The issues were raised by the Pacific Islands Forum, as it addressed the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York last month. “Our women and girls are connected to the ocean, coasts and marine resources, and are active agents and custodians,” said minister Charmaine Scotty of Nauru who delivered the Forum’s statement.

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Thu
27
Apr

Vanuatu Launches Book Series For Teaching Indigenous Knowledge In Primary Schools

 

A workshop was held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre (VKS) to introduce the revised editions of a series of books for teachers entitled Teaching Indigenous Knowledge and Resources Management in the Primary School. The books form part of a Vanuatu Cultural Centre project, initiated by the Hon Minister Ralph Regenvanu when he was Director of the Cultural Centre, which aimed to strengthen the role of the traditional economy in Vanuatu following the launch of the Year of the Traditional Economy in 2007.

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27
Apr

Fiji Talking With Qatar To Provide 'Safe Haven' For Peacekeepers In Middle East

 

The Fijian Government is in talks with the Qatar government to include the Middle East country as a safe haven for Fijian soldiers. This was told to Parliament by Defence and National Security Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola following a question by SODELPA MP Viliame Gavoka on the strategies in place for the soldiers should tension in the Middle East region escalate.

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Thu
27
Apr

Tahiti Pro-Independence Leader Welcomes Low Turnout In French Election

 

French Polynesia's pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru has welcomed the low turnout in last weekend's first round of the French presidential election, saying it was a win for his party. Mr Temaru called for a boycott and 61 percent of voters stayed away, which was the lowest turnout ever recorded in Tahiti. Having failed in a bid to be a candidate himself, Mr Temaru told a news conference he would have secured 50,000 votes had he been able to run.

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Thu
27
Apr

German Development Group Supports Renewable Energy In Pacific Tourism Sector

 

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (S.P.T.O) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (G.I.Z.) GmbH will enter into a partnership to collaborate on strengthening tourism in the Pacific region. The long-term objective is to advise the tourism industry, in particular the hotel sector, on renewable energy and energy efficiency options. Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.) in Suva, GIZ Programme Director, Dr. Wulf Killmann and S.P.T.O Board Chair, Papali’i Sonja Hunter expressed their excitement about this new collaboration. 

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Wed
26
Apr

NZ Green MP Says PACER Plus Deal Could Divide Pacific Region

 

A new Pacific trade deal could prove divisive in the region, according to NZ Green Party MP Barry Coates. PACER Plus is designed to enhance the economic development of Pacific island countries through greater regional trade and economic integration with Australia and New Zealand. The agreement covers 12 island countries, but missing from it are the two biggest economies among the island nations, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

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