Fisheries ministers from around the Pacific have endorsed a new strategy for a safer more robust regional tuna fishery.
Mitigating and adapting to the impacts of the climate crisis, stopping modern slavery on fishing vessels and improving management of the longline fishery were some of the major talking points, at the Forum Fisheries Agency meeting, in Pohnpei last week.
One of Fiji's largest passenger vessel fleets providing inter-island services within Fiji has been grounded due to Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) assertions the fleet is in violation of the Maritime (Safe Ships Management System) Regulations 2014. George Goundar is currently claiming this action is a result of politically motivated decision-making. Further details on the range of violations being alleged by MSAF are now awaited.
The United Nations continues to let politics cloud its judgement and is failing to prevent tragedies, the President of the Marshall Islands says.
Hilda Heine addressed the UN Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva, delivering scathing criticism of the UN's role in the Marshall Islands' nuclear legacy.
She said the UN Trusteeship Council had failed to halt large-scale atomic tests in the Marshall Islands, leaving grave and ongoing human rights challenges.
"These impacts could have been avoided had the United Nations not let politics cloud judgement, and been more engaged with local voices. It is a mistake which has been repeated on the global stage."
The Cook Islands traditional voyaging canoe, Marumaru Atua, has made a grand return to her resting place off Rarotonga.
In September 2017, the vaka was damaged by fire.
Extensive fundraising efforts led to the vessel being shipped to Auckland where she spent almost half a year being repaired.