Fisheries is a key economic driver and makes a major contribution to employment and food security in the Pacific region. We are working with Pacific countries, regional organisations and the multilateral development banks to ensure the sustainability of stocks, extract greater long run income streams and improve market access. Australia supports the sector primarily through partnerships with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). Within the sector, increases in GDP, government revenues and exports volumes have all been achieved. Appropriate onshore investments in fisheries are increasing, as are exports to key international markets. Our support also helps underpin scientific monitoring and assessments needed to ensure the future sustainability of valuable offshore fish stocks. Support to the inshore sector advances community-based fisheries management, essential for food security and livelihoods at the local level.
Our assistance is guided by the following regional and Australian plans:
Fisheries Development Assistance in the Pacific
Up to $45 million 2015-2018
Australia supports increased benefits to Pacific island countries (PICs) from sustainable commercial and subsistence fisheries and effective governance and ecosystem-based management mechanisms for sustainability.
Australian support is largely implemented through regional fisheries organisations—the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Pacific Community's (SPC) Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME). In response to the growing threats to the Pacific's coastal fisheries, Australia has also increased support through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for community-based fisheries management and aquaculture assistance.