Blogpost by Duncan Williams, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Duncan Williams on board the Rainbow Warrior in 2011
The week long meeting of the Pacific tuna commission (WCPFC) ended in what will be one of the worst outcomes for tuna conservation this commission has seen. After over a year of talks and advice from scientists concerned that current efforts for managing “at risk” tuna populations in the Pacific were failing to achieve desired results, the WCPFC decided to ignore its scientists and delay negotiating new, stronger conservation measures. To the joy of pirate fishers in the region (and large-scale industrial fishing operations) the commission opted instead to carry on with the current failings for one more year minus one crucial element – an area of high seas closed to tuna purse seine fishing called the Pacific Commons.
Blogpost by YuFen Kao, Greenpeace East Asia
I’m here at the Pacific Tuna Commission, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission annual meeting in Guam. We’re one day into the meeting and the delegates are deep in discussion over important conservation measures that can help reverse the overfishing crisis. These include setting aside the Pacific Commons as off-limits to fishing. We’ve sent twelve campaigners from different offices here to lobby these politicians and brief industry representatives here – this is where much of our work will come to fruition. Here’s what we’ve been up to in Taiwan recently to save our Pacific and send a message to delegates here in Guam.
Esperanza arrives in Taiwan last week.
Two days ago, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza entered Taiwan harbour for the first time, receiving a warm welcome from hundreds of local kids waving banners painted with marine creatures. The ship hosted journalists and Taiwanese people from all walks of life for a photo exhibition about the crisis facing our oceans. We also held a press conference, to remind the people of Taiwan that Greenpeace is here to work with the people and industries who need tuna for the future to address overfishing. We are engaging in many dialogues in Taiwan about how to end overfishing: listening to any suggestion that will lead to positive change for our oceans and opposing any proposal that undermines the efforts to ensure healthy and viable Pacific fisheries for the future. Continue reading
Blogpost by Lagi Toribau, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Tuna is the lifeline for many Pacific island communities – a source of income, jobs and food. That’s why, as a Pacific islander and someone who has been working on oceans conservation for over a decade, I am still very angry at the inaction of the people who are meant to be “managing” our oceans. I have always believed those fisheries managers are more interested in keeping the fishers and their boats in the water than the fish and we at Greenpeace are working around the world trying to change that. Let me tell you how we try to defend our oceans here in the waters of the Pacific. Continue reading