Supporting Pacific island countries and communities in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated coastal fishing
The purpose of the Pacific Coastal Fisheries Management and Compliance (PaFMaC) activity is to ensure that sustainable coastal fisheries co-management in the 12 targeted Pacific island countries* has appropriate, effective and collaborative monitoring, control and surveillance as integral components addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) coastal fishing. The activity will help contribute to sustainable, well-managed coastal fisheries that provide food security, and long-term economic, social and ecological benefits to current and future generations of Pacific Island countries. With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this five-year activity, which commenced in October 2021, is working towards four key outcomes:
- Fisheries agencies having appropriate monitoring, control and surveillance programmes with the capacity, training and systems to support sustainable coastal fisheries co-management at all appropriate levels
- The enabling environment strengthened to enhance compliance with coastal fisheries laws and policies at all appropriate levels
- National fisheries agencies have effective and appropriate mechanisms operating to facilitate and coordinate with civil society in support of local level coastal fisheries co-management
- Monitoring, control and surveillance programme frameworks, best practice guidelines, operating procedures and training and outreach materials are developed for the Pacific islands’ context.
* Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu