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Development assistance in the Pacific

Pacific Regional—Economic growth: fisheries assistance


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:


Scaling up Coastal Based Fisheries Management to support COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

COVID-19 exacerbates underlying food security issues. Disruption to supply chains and shipping reduces Pacific peoples' access to food, particularly those populations heavily reliant on imports. Displacement of urban communities back to rural areas is increasing pressure on local food stocks, including coastal fisheries.

Addressing food security is an essential component of Australia's COVID-19 response and recovery effort. We are collaborating with regional and national partners in the Pacific to safeguard and strengthen approaches to food security. We invest significantly to support and champion coastal fisheries management as an essential component of food security and stability in the Pacific. We support the regional effort to scale up coastal based fisheries management as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

Related initiatives

Fisheries Development Assistance in the Pacific

Up to $142 million 2009-2023

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
Performance Review of the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division of SPC 2017 Review report
ACIAR-10-year-strategy-2018-2027 2018 Strategic plan
Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency - Strategic Plan 2020-2025 2019 Strategic plan
Mid-term Review Report of the Community Based Fisheries Management Phase 2 2019 Mid-term review

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* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances, some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

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