21 Dec 2018

Palau to host 2019 PNA meeting

3:38 pm on 21 December 2018

Palau will host next year's minister's meeting of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, or PNA.

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Fisheries ministers from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tokelau attend an annual meeting to adopt policies affecting the multi-billion dollar western and central Pacific tuna fishery.

The chief executive of the PNA, Ludwig Kumoru, said the meeting of the ministers is scheduled for May.

Last week, the PNA ministers met in Honolulu, endorsing the organisation's new strategic plan and adopting their annual budget for 2019.

Next year, the PNA is expected to focus talks on an electronic monitoring system, which is being developed to address a gap in fisheries management.

The PNA is also moving toward adoption of a new five-year strategic plan to guide its work, including addressing the impacts of climate change on the fishery.

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