I have also commenced a road show to meet as many people as possible. To date I have attended
the recent FFA, PNA and IATTC meetings and will shortly participate in the Northern Committee meeting, as well as accompanying the Commission Chair, Rhea Moss-Christian, on visits to the major Asian longlining countries.
While serving Member countries and territories is a priority, the Secretariat intends to engage more meaningfully with observers too, especially NGOs and fishing industries. We want to bring as many perspectives as possible to the work we do.
The WCPFC has a clear vision: the proper and sensible utilization of fisheries to meet the reasonable and sustainable demands of current generations, without
compromising the ability of future generations to enjoy and benefit from the same resources.
The vision may be clear but achieving it won't be easy. The plain truth is that it's not feasible for any one member, or group of members, to get entirely what they want. In this complex environment, compromise and cooperation are critical.
The Commission provides a forum for dialogue, hopefully in a spirit of give and take, so that everybody returns home with something to show for their efforts.
Certainly it is in everybody’s interests – regardless of their groupings or economic or environmental positions – to ensure that fishery resources are managed sustainably.
As always, the Secretariat will continue to support the Commission to achieve its objectives. We also look forward to members' meaningful participation, cooperation and support in working together with our team.
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