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.

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/Purse Seine Vessel Day Scheme (amended April 2016) details the role of PNA in managing tuna stocks. In particular, this document sets out rules for the Purse Seine Vessel Day Scheme, a unique PNA scheme to sell a limited number of fishing days to the PNA members to ensure sustainable management of tuna, as well as maximise income.

Solomon Islands – Pacific ‘gold’. Photo credit: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)