The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) controls the world’s largest sustainable tuna purse-seine fishery. PNA countries provide around 50% of the global supply of skipjack tuna, the most commonly canned tuna.

The PNA members are: Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Compliance includes monitoring, control and surveillance.

The person responsible for operating a licensed vessel must ensure catch data and logbooks are maintained to:

  • keep daily catch and effort records on board
  • ensure records are current and available on demand
  • report the catch data to the licensing Party or Parties with a preliminary report within 14 days of completing each voyage, and a final report within 45 days.

For vessels larger than 20 gross registered tons, the responsible operator needs to:

  • notify the relevant Party of entry into their fishing zone
  • report weekly about the vessel’s position and total catch
  • report the time of exit from the zone, the vessel’s position, and the total amount of fish on board, as well as the total catch since previous report (entry/weekly).

Transhipment of fish at sea is prohibited, regardless of location.

Children in PNG fish for their food. Photo credit: Francisco Blaha.