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Region:    Australasia & the Pacific

Strategic development opportunities in TVM Long Line and other fisheries Cook Is, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

Forum Fisheries Agency - Project Dates:
January 2011 - June 2011

Description of Project:
Poseidon, working in partnership with MRAGAP, undertook a strategic study into business development opportunities for the TVM long line and other fisheries sectors.
The tasks included:
• Conducting a stock take of relevant regulatory frameworks for fisheries resources in TVM and previous proposals for multi-zone access arrangements
• Determining current fisheries resources and activities in TVM, and a summary of scientific and catch data held by SPC, analyze trends
• Generating projections on likely future fisheries resources in TVM EEZs
• Assessing future market demands for longline caught tuna and swordfish and other fisheries for pelagic fish species, considering alternative market chains
• Assessing existing TVM access to retail/distribution/cannery/loining operations including high value fresh markets
• Drawing on approaches taken in other sectors, with a focus on New Zealand.
• Examining relevant past business and development activities within TVM, both successful and unsuccessful, including any relevant reasons why.

• Reviewing current value chain dynamics, including the increasing costs of doing business, demand and supply etc, in TVM
• Examining similar fisheries in other geographical areas (e.g. Mauritius and French Polynesia)
• Identifying other fisheries of interest to TVM– noting the objective of this study.