1 Aug 2014

Australia gives US$9m for Pacific fisheries

7:36 pm on 1 August 2014

The Australian government will provide US$9 million over the next four years to help conserve oceanic and coastal fisheries resources in the Pacific.

The announcement was made at the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau on Friday.

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Fish Photo: RNZ

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community fisheries director, Moses Amos, says the funding will provide science-based technical support and information to manage tuna fisheries.

Mr Amos says it will also develop national and regional frameworks for sustainable fisheries.

He says fisheries are very important to the region, underpining economic activity and food security.

"Fisheries is the largest and renewable resource for the Pacific. For some countries it's the only resource, provides the only opportunity for economic development and food security. This funding gives the opportunity to sustain and to ensure services provided, continue to be provided, to member countries."

The SPC's Moses Amos.