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  1. facilitate awareness-raising on IUU fishing issues as they affect the fishing and seafood sectors – small to large;
  2. share experience on improving traceability, including catch documentation, technologies and their anti-IUU fishing characteristics from Coral Triangle and regional fisheries, identifying obstacles, key issues and priorities;
  3. promote, and learn from specific examples (success stories, new innovations) on catch documentation and traceability, including under Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIP) and/or with links to buyers and key markets, and how these help address IUU fishing issues and overcome obstacles;
  4. develop new pilots/links to collaborate on anti-IUU fishing technologies and fishery best practices;
  5. develop a regional “road map” to enable and expand collaborations on traceability and IUU fishing, assessing relevant policies and programmes, how fisher folk and industry players can help influence and implement these and identify what support may be needed;
  6. further cultivate the CTFF as a platform for regional dialogue and multi-stakeholder consensus building on sustainable fisheries to contribute towards delivering the goals of the CTI Regional Plan of Action and related Western and Central Pacific initiatives; and
  7. introduce key market actors to better fisheries and vice versa to strengthen cooperation to address IUU fishing.

Funae fishermen catching skipjack tuna near Manado Tua using anchovies as live bait. Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

© Jürgen Freund / WWF


June 18-20, 2012


Suva, Fiji


A growing number of consumers, retailers and governing bodies are requiring IUU-free and traceable seafood. While this provides an important incentive for the fisheries sector to move towards sustainability, implementing traceability and catch documentation programs poses many practical challenges - for large fishing industries and small- scale coastal fisheries alike.

The opportunity to share experiences, highlight practical solutions and discuss issues among peers will provide a good basis for addressing issues related to IUU, sustainable seafood trade and associated linkages to food security.