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Development assistance in the Pacific

Pacific Regional—Economic growth: fisheries assistance

Pacific Regional–Economic growth: fisheries assistance


Fisheries is a key economic driver and makes a major contribution to employment and food security in the Pacific region. We are working with Pacific countries, regional organisations and the multilateral development banks to ensure the sustainability of stocks, extract greater long run income streams and improve market access. Australia supports the sector primarily through partnerships with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). Within the sector, increases in GDP, government revenues and exports volumes have all been achieved. Appropriate onshore investments in fisheries are increasing, as are exports to key international markets. Our support also helps underpin scientific monitoring and assessments needed to ensure the future sustainability of valuable offshore fish stocks. Support to the inshore sector advances community-based fisheries management, essential for food security and livelihoods at the local level.

Our assistance is guided by the following regional and Australian plans:

Related initiatives

Fisheries Development Assistance in the Pacific

Up to $45 million 2015-2018

Australia supports increased benefits to Pacific island countries (PICs) from sustainable commercial and subsistence fisheries and effective governance and ecosystem-based management mechanisms for sustainability.

Australian support is largely implemented through regional fisheries organisations–the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Pacific Community's (SPC) Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME). In response to the growing threats to the Pacific's coastal fisheries, Australia has also increased support through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for community-based fisheries management and aquaculture assistance.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Strategic Plan 2005-2020 2005 Strategic plan
FAME Strategic Plan 2013-2016 2013 Strategic plan
Independent mid-term review of the Fisheries for Food Security Program 2013 Mid-term review
Independent mid-term review of the Fisheries for Food Security Program–DFAT management response 2013 Mid-term review management response
ACIAR Strategic Plan 2014–18 [PDF 2.4 MB] 2014 Strategic plan
Independent mid-term review of the Improving Community-based Fisheries Management in Pacific Countries Program 2015 Mid-term review
Pacific Fisheries for Food Security Program Final Evaluation Report
2016 Evaluation
Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) – Independent Review of FFA's Performance [PDF 611 KB] 2017 Review report

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Last Updated: 7 August 2017
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