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 is managed through the PNA Office. Compliance includes monitoring, control and surveillance. Vessel operators can register their vessels online via the integrated Fisheries Information and Management System (FIMS).

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement works with the FIMS service provider to operate a vessel day monitoring system, supported by near-real-time catch reporting, an e-observer programme, online licensing, and asset tracking. The system has been pioneered by Papua New Guinea, and is now being extended to other countries.

Each Party is at different stages of implementing FIMS. Papua New Guinea is the most advanced, and in the process of extending its activities to include catch documentation and compliance functions. Solomon Islands implemented FIMS between 2015 and 2016, with training support, and achieved high levels of system buy-in from its operating team. Other countries – notably Palau, Marshall Islands, Tokelau and Tuvalu – are in the early days of training, with the remaining parties on board for roll-out.

A PNG boarding party on the way out to sea. Photo credit: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).