Map of areas closed to fishing, Western Pacific

IUCN welcomes fishing closures in Pacific high seas pockets

IUCN welcomes the decision by Western Pacific island nations to close an area three times the size of California to fishing activity, effectively creating the world's largest no-take zone.  The decision was reached in order to protect one of the world's last great tuna stocks. The fishing effort in the economic exclusion zones (EEZs) around the islands, mainly carried out by foreign fleets that pay the island states for the right to fish, will continue at a unsustainable rate, however, according to IUCN. …  

07 Jun 2009 | News story

IUCN Oceania Regional Office Joins the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network

The Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network was established at the behest of the Pacific Island Leaders in 2006. This Partnership Network, facilitated by the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) was established primarily as collaborative and cooperative mechanisms to support Pacific Island countries in relation to capacity building for disaster risk management. …  

25 May 2009 | News story

Ms. Julia Marton-Lefèvre

IUCN Director General to visit Oceania

Ms Julia Marton–Lefevre, IUCN’s Director General, will be visiting the Oceania Region from 1-12 June. …  

21 May 2009 | News story

New Study Reveals Natural Disasters Increase Poverty in Fiji

A new study, commissioned by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), on the relationship between poverty and disasters, including climate related disasters, was released last week in Nadi, Fiji at the Pacific Regional meeting of national disaster managers and Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) of the Ministries of Finance and Planning, supported by SOPAC, UNDP and ISDR. …  

19 May 2009 | News story
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Henrike Seidel

Pacific Ocean 2020 Intern joins Oceania

Henrike Seidel has recently started an internship with the IUCN Oceania office under the Pacific Centre for Environmental Governance. During the next six months, Henrike will contribute to the Pacific Ocean 2020 Challenge by looking into the value and governance of the Pacific from a SIDS perspective. …  

18 May 2009 | News story
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Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Ocean life in Oceania

Pacific Islanders have a long history of connection to the oceans. It features in their dance, art, and provides sustenance for life. …  

15 May 2009 | News story

Tuna Longliners in the Cook Islands

Longline fishermen quizzed by IUCN

IUCN Oceania’s marine programme is currently collecting information from longline fishermen about the fish they catch at seamounts, underwater mountains. …  

15 May 2009 | News story

Fine Ditoka. NBSAP Consultant

Newly Appointed NBSAP Consultant

Ms Fine Tagi Ditoka has joined the IUCN Oceania team as its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) Consultant. …  

06 May 2009 | News story
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Oceania Regional Committee members

Oceania Regional Committee Meeting, April 30th - May 1st 2009

The Oceania Regional Committee recently met at the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in Suva, Fiji, for the first time in two years. …  

05 May 2009 | News story
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Sakiusa Tuisolia

New Pacific Ocean 2020 Coordinator

Mr Sakiusa Tuisolia (Saki) is the newly appointed Pacific Ocean 2020 Coordinator. …  

04 May 2009 | News story
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Oceania Regional Office