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 on the  integrated Fisheries Information and Management System (FIMS).

The members of Parties to the Nauru Agreement work with the FIMS to run a vessel day-monitoring system. FIMS is supported by:

  • reporting in near real time
  • an e-observer program
  • online licensing
  • asset tracking.

The system was pioneered by Papua New Guinea, and is now being extended to other countries.

Each member state is at a different stage of implementing FIMS. Papua New Guinea, the most advanced, is extending its activities to include catch documentation and compliance. Solomon Islands implemented FIMS between 2015 and 2016. With training support, it 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).