Regional Archive December 2020

COVID-19 Had Little Impact on PNA's Tuna Purse Seine-fishery Output

COVID-19 Had Little Impact on PNA's Tuna Purse Seine-fishery Output

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) purse-seine fishery and supply chain largely avoided COVID-related disruptions and had a positive 2020, according to a report given during a government meeting of the eight nations that make up the sub-grouping on 11 December.
The U.K. government had previously said the mutated variant appears to be as much as 70% more transmissible than other circulating strains.

New Virus Strain’s Transmissibility to Cause More Deaths: Study

The mutated coronavirus strain that’s been spreading in the U.K. appears to be more contagious and will likely lead to higher levels of hospitalizations and deaths next year, a new study showed.
Residents wade through the flooded streets in Fiji's capital city of Suva on December 16, 2020, ahead of super cyclone Yasa.

Fijians Told to Seek Shelter as Super Cyclone Closes In

Fijians living in the path of an approaching super cyclone were told to hunker down at home or flee to emergency shelters immediately on Wednesday, as authorities warned the storm has the potential to uproot buildings and cause mass destruction.
Tropical cyclone Yasa, currently category 3, is forecast to intensify to category 5 before impacting Fiji on Friday morning.

Cyclone Yasa Could Hit Fiji as Category 5, Cyclone Zazu to Belt Tonga

The Pacific is being belted by two tropical cyclones - one bringing destructive storm-force winds to Tonga this afternoon and another feared to cause "major issues" for Fiji later this week.
Group 1 Participants with Commanding Officer and XO onboard the SB PPB Auki at Munda Port.

FFA Boosts Protection of Solomon Islands Tuna Resources

Protecting Solomon Islands’ tuna resources from illegal activity has received a significant boost with 24 Compliance officers receiving training from the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) recently.
“The commitment, ambition, and action called for by our Pacific Leaders, who hosted the UN Secretary-General in Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu in 2019, has been consistent and clear. We have gone past the tipping point and the science is showing that urgent and decisive action is what we need to come back from the brink,” said Secretary General Taylor.

No Room for COVID Delays on Climate Action: Pacific Leaders

Pacific Island Forum Leaders are meeting in a high–level event timed to mark five years of the Paris Agreement. Their intention is to ensure urgent climate change action, now, and that we limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.