The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has initiated a third Oceanic Fisheries Management Project (OFMP3).

The aim of the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project (OFMP3) is to use ecosystem approaches to ensure the sustainable management of the living marine resources of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission area.

This includes the ongoing protection of stocks (populations) of tuna and other highly migratory oceanic animals while still allowing fishing. This is so populations remain sustainable environmentally and economically.

The project is being implemented for the benefit of the Governments of Pacific small island developing states (SIDS):

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  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

The Oceanic Fisheries Management Project 3 (OFMP3) will:

Mainstream climate change and ecosystem-based approaches into the sustainable management of the living marine resources of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

OFMP3 has three objectives for the WCPFC’s ecosystem and its living marine resources:

  • improving and strengthening management strategies and mechanisms
  • strengthening and expanding the scientific knowledge base to support improved understanding and management
  • capacity-building and training for improved management.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is implementing the project, which is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Regional, sub-regional and national actions for better fishing practices

The Oceanic Fisheries Management Project:

  • Supports Pacific SIDS as the major bloc at the WCPFC to adopt regional conservation and management measures.
  • Supports innovative approaches being developed by Pacific SIDS at a sub-regional level, as they collaborate in fisheries of common interest.
  • Assists SIDS to apply measures in their own waters and to their fleet.
  • Improves stakeholder participation, including industry participation, in oceanic fisheries management processes, and improves understanding and awareness generally of the challenges and opportunities facing Pacific SIDS in fisheries management.
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