Published on 7th October 2013
VSA has signed an agreement with Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the fisheries division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SBC) to send VSA volunteers to support regional fisheries projects in the Pacific.
The new partnership will enable FFA member countries to identify areas in their national fisheries where the experience and skills of VSA volunteers could help build knowledge and skills among local counterparts.
VSA volunteer Nicholas Hay, a Coastal Fisheries Scientist, will start working in Nauru with the Ministry of Marine Resources later this month. He will be helping the ministry to carry out a coastal fisheries audit programme to sustainably manage Nauru’s coastal marine resources.
FFA Director General James Movick says the new partnership will help raise professional and research experience among Pacific nations.
“We hope it will in time feed into the regional level, when these professionals from New Zealand and other volunteer donors are also more aware of work opportunities with regional fisheries organisations such as the FFA.”
VSA’s Programme Manager for the Solomon Islands, Alexa Funnell, who signed the agreement on behalf of VSA, says the partnership will allow VSA to support and build local capacity in fisheries throughout the Pacific.
“I hope that Nicholas heading off to Nauru in the next month will help cement this exciting new partnership and lead the way for further engagement of volunteers within Pacific fisheries.”