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.

The Bikenibeu Declaration aims to secure for PNA members greater economic benefits and control of their tuna resources. It also aims to strengthen cooperation between the member states. It was signed in Tarawa, Kiribati, in 2009. It set up the PNA Office to serve its members through initiatives to maximise profitability and benefits for Pacific Islanders.

Pole-and-line fishers already at work as the sun rises: agreements are designed to keep profitability and other economic benefits for locals of SIDS. Photo credit: Francisco Blaha