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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 Parties shall seek, without any derogation of their respective sovereign rights, to coordinate and harmonise the management of fisheries with regard to common stocks within the Fisheries Zones, for the benefit of their peoples.”
Article 1 of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement
(signed in 1982, and amended in 2010)

The Palau Arrangement for the operation of the Purse Seine Vessel Day Scheme (amended October 2016) and a similar arrangement for the Longline Vessel Day Scheme (amended October 2016) detail how the PNA manages tuna stocks sustainably while maximising local incomes. The arrangements set out the operating rules for these two types of fishing vessels. Under the rules, the PNA members sell a limited number of fishing days in the exclusive economic zones of the PNA states.

Solomon Islands tuna – Pacific “gold”. Photo credit: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)