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Kat the Shark wins five kilometre Lalomanu race Kat the Shark wins five kilometre Lalomanu race 20 July, 2017 – Apia, Samoa: There was something distinctly fishy about the winner of the five kilometre Lalomanu half marathon last weekend. The winner – Kat Riley – ran the race dressed in a s... More detail
Fair access and benefit sharing of Pacific resources Fair access and benefit sharing of Pacific resources Biodiversity is a resource, and the global community is working to ensure that benefits from the use of that resource are also used to protect the environments and the people who rely on them.This wee... More detail
Return of Tabua to Fiji a momentous occasion Return of Tabua to Fiji a momentous occasion History was made in Fiji last month as 146 Tabua, (Sperm Whale Tooth) were handed to the Government of Fiji from New Zealand in recognition of the cultural significance of Tabua to the local communiti... More detail
Tokelau fortifies against climate change Tokelau fortifies against climate change By Samisoni Pareti, Senior Editor, Islands Business in New York09 June 2017, UN Oceans Conference, New York - Strengthening the coastline of Tokelau's three inhabited atolls against the impact of stor... More detail
Why are marine protected areas and sanctuaries important? Why are marine protected areas and sanctuaries important? 8 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York -  The following statement was made by the Minister in Assistance, Hon. F. Umiich Sengebau, Minister of Natural Resources, Environment & Tourism, Re... More detail
War wrecks threaten our ocean, says Marshall Islands War wrecks threaten our ocean, says Marshall Islands By Samisoni Pareti, Senior Editor, Islands Business in New York                           8 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New Y... More detail
Fiji renews call for bold global action on oceans Fiji renews call for bold global action on oceans By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in New York8 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - Fiji's Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama renewed his global call for action on oceans – with a particular c... More detail
Our Ocean, Our People, Our Pacific Our Ocean, Our People, Our Pacific 8 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - "The Pacific Voyage - Our Ocean, Our People, Our Pacific" event hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and partner... More detail
"Rights of the Ocean need to be explored" - Cook Islands Pri... 7 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - The Cook Islands has growing support in its call to explore the rights of the ocean as a legal person, during the UN Ocean Conference underway in New York ... More detail
Fiji commits to conservation of all Shark and Ray species wi... Fiji commits to conservation of all Shark and Ray species within their waters 7 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York – Fiji announced their commitment to the conservation and management of all species of sharks and rays and their critical habitats within Fiji waters at th... More detail
Samoa commits to revive voyaging heritage, as part of 12 com... Samoa commits to revive voyaging heritage, as part of 12 commitments to oceans protection By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in New York7 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - Samoa has registered 12 Voluntary Commitments under Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14) here at the UN Oce... More detail
Large scale Marine Protected Areas: Lessons shared by the Pa... Large scale Marine Protected Areas: Lessons shared by the Pacific 6 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - The Cook Islands event hosted in partnership with Conservation International - "Going to Scale in the Ocean: from large scale Marine Protected Areas to who... More detail
Kiribati reiterates equitable return on tuna resources Kiribati reiterates equitable return on tuna resources By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in New York6 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - Pacific countries continue to raise their voices on their struggles to obtain suitable and equitable return fr... More detail
SPREP hopes for more action on war wrecks and nuclear contam... SPREP hopes for more action on war wrecks and nuclear contamination  Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in New York6 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - A number of Pacific Leaders have used conversations at the UN Oceans conference to bring global attention t... More detail
Pushing the gender boundary in Samoa Pushing the gender boundary in Samoa By Samisoni Pareti, Senior Editor, Islands Business, in New York"The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the oceans domain, and over generations, our people have created an intimate relationship and a uni... More detail
Environmental chief calls for curb on ghost gear Environmental chief calls for curb on ghost gear By Samisoni Pareti, Senior Editor, Islands Business, in New York5 June, 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York – Papua New Guinea leads the islands of the Pacific with the highest incidence of ghost ge... More detail
Ghost Gear wreaking havoc on our ocean Ghost Gear wreaking havoc on our ocean 5 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York -Discarded or abandoned fishing gear, also known as ghost gear, is responsible for at least one-tenth of all marine debris. It is four times more deadly to m... More detail
FSM and Marshall Islands push for resolution on nuclear cont... FSM and Marshall Islands push for resolution on nuclear contamination and  World War 2 wrecks By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in New York5 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Marshall Islands have used the UN Oceans Conference underway in N... More detail
Marae Moana, a gift to the world. Marae Moana, a gift to the world. "Mankind only has one earth, one atmosphere and one global ocean. One last chance to save it all for future generations." – Hon Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands5 June 2017, UN Ocean Co... More detail
Bainimarama calls for global crusade to save the oceans Bainimarama calls for global crusade to save the oceans By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in New York5 June 2017, UN Ocean Conference, New York - The first global oceans conference in New York opened with messages of optimism and hope that all countries wi... More detail
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