September 18, 2015
News Update
Tuna fishery gets focus in Pohnpei, Hong Hong
New Western and Central Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Executive Director Feleti Teo said it is time commission members heeded the warnings about overfishing of bigeye tuna. He is pushing for a reinvigorated effort to take action at the December meeting of the WCPFC. Meanwhile, Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) management of the tuna fishery in this region is gaining international recognition. The selection of PNA as a finalist in the international Seafood Championship Awards for 2016 is an honor that is “a good reflection of work the Parties have done to manage the fishery,” said the PNA CEO. The finalists for the prestigious industry award were unveiled recently at the sixth edition of Seafood Expo Asia in Hong Kong. Dawn Martin, President of SeaWeb, was joined by Suzanne Gendron, Director of the Ocean Park Foundation in Hong Kong, to make the announcement to a crowd of seafood industry professionals and media. “The Parties to the Nauru Agreement organization was among 16 finalists in four categories (Leadership, Innovation, Vision, and Advocacy) who were identified and described briefly in a presentation to the audience,” said Marida Hines, SeaWeb’s Seafood Champion Awards Manager.
Read more about this in the September 25, 2015
edition of the Marshall Islands Journal
Reps fail to show so Nitijela session nixed
After exhaustive debate about whether or not Nitijela needed to meet for 50 days before the September 30 deadline to wrap up for the election, the Nitijela scheduled a Saturday and Sunday session. But too many senators were no show on Sunday, preventing a session day, and then again Monday, not enough showed up to meet quorum requirements so it ended up being two days called off for lack of 17 senators. Lawmakers scheduled sessions for Saturday and Sunday to try to cram in the 13 sitting days needed to make 50 by September 30. This needed to be done because the current session was in recess for a significant part of August and early September, particularly with members traveling to off-island conferences and meetings. Friday’s session was day 37. While the Nitijela managed to muster a quorum on Saturday morning and hold a business session, it failed to do so not only on Sunday — for a scheduled 2pm session — but also could not produce enough interest from senators to meet Monday. Only 11 made it to the Sunday session, with 14 absent and eight excused for various reasons, including travel. Monday, a few more turned up but not enough to get to the 17 minimum needed. According to Nitijela roll call, 15 senators were present Monday morning before Vice Speaker Caios Lucky called off the meeting for the second day in a row, as 11 simply didn’t show up and another seven were excused. Tuesday and Wednesday sessions moved forward as scheduled, meaning 40 session days had been accomplished through Wednesday. To get 10 more days in by September 30 requires one Saturday sitting, but had a quorum been present Monday, then a Saturday session would not be necessary. Meantime, public hearings have been held in the afternoons of these waning days of the final session of the four-year term.
Marshall Islanders are being deported from the United States in increasing numbers, though this year the deportations appear to have declined slightly. For the past 15 years, Marshall Islanders have been deported from the United States at an annual rate of 16 per year. But the numbers increased dramatically from 2011. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains records of deportations that is provided by United States law enforcement authorities. Data maintained since 2002 shows that deportations were single digit through 2006, with the largest number in one year being nine during 2004. Ten deportations in 2007 heralded the beginning of an increasing trend of Marshallese being deported from the US following convictions for a variety of offenses. To date, 2013 was the single biggest year, with 37 people being sent back to the RMI. The numbers appear to have dropped off in the first part of the this year, with 18 reported through last month, but this is still above the 14-year average of 16 annually. See more
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