3 Sep 2014

Threats to oceans and fisheries SIDS theme

1:53 pm on 3 September 2014

The threats facing fisheries, oceans, seas, and their biodiversity is the theme of this afternoon's Small Island Developing States conference in Samoa.

The president of Palau, Tommy Remengensau, is one of the panelists, and is expected to discuss the country's plan to declare a national marine reserve.

Mary Baines is there.

"90 partnerships between NGOs and governments have been registered under the theme of oceans, biodiversity and fisheries this week. One partnership, called 'Sea Turtle Restoration and Protection', aims to protect the leatherback turtle which nests on the beaches of Madang, Papua New Guinea. Being launched today is 'Islands and Oceans Net', between the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, the Ocean Policy Research Foundation, and Pacific governments, which pushes for sustainable management and development of the sea. Another new partnership is called 'Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management', between the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Parties to the Nauru Agreement and the Forum Fisheries Agency. It aims to help Pacific nations meet their regional fisheries conservation goals."

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Photo: PNG Prime Ministers Office