By Kate Barclay
The Western and vital Pacific Ocean is domestic to the biggest tuna fishery on the planet - round half the world’s tuna offer - and is an important monetary source for Pacific island international locations. the potential for the Pacific tuna fishery to give a contribution to financial improvement within the Pacific island international locations is gigantic, yet would require a cooperative neighborhood technique to maximise entry charges from far away water fishing countries, in addition to distinctive family coverage and laws to motivate neighborhood fishing industries. including the significance of performing strategically in regards to one of these variable source, the lesson of fisheries administration globally is that it truly is most appropriate whilst it takes into account social, cultural and political contexts. according to an in depth examine of six Pacific island states, taking pictures Wealth from Tuna maps out the aspirations and boundaries of six Pacific island international locations and proposes concepts for taking pictures extra wealth from this source in a sustainable and socially equitable demeanour.
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Extra info for Capturing Wealth from Tuna: Case Studies from the Pacific
Based on our research, these companies have been more responsible corporate citizens than their reputations suggest. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that although developing tuna processing is clearly a national government aspiration, there are large sectors of Pacific island populations who have different opinions about the desirability of such development. Failure to address the negative social reputations of tuna-processing companies has meant social groups continue to attack them. 2003), and RD has been the target of petty extortion rackets (Post-Courier 2005).
These views aside, the treaty was struck under a unique set of circumstances (Anderson 2002; Ram-Bidesi 2004; Tarte 2002, 2003a, 2003b), which cannot be applied simply to other multilateral agreements. 18 For a history of these negotiations, including the prominent role played by Japan, see Anderson 2002; RamBidesi 2004; Tarte 2002, 2003a, 2003b. 1 21 Capturing wealth from tuna 2 Capturing more wealth from tuna Almost without exception, Pacific islanders interviewed and documents analysed for this project indicated a strong motivation towards capturing more of the wealth generated by regional tuna resources in the domestic economies of Pacific island countries.
Going beyond the dichotomy of domestic industry versus maximising distant water access fees, the remainder of this section outlines 10 strategies for capturing more wealth from tuna. Effective fisheries management Sustainability is often included within the aspirations of Pacific island countries to capture more wealth from regional tuna resources, as exemplified in the FFA vision: ‘We will enjoy the highest levels of social and economic benefits for our people through the sustainable development of our fisheries resources’ (FFA 2005).