During November 2012 Greenpeace International conducted a ship expedition in the waters of Palau and Pacific Commons area 1, the pocket of international waters between the EEZs of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. This is the sixth Greenpeace expedition in the Western and Central Pacific region to defend dwindling tuna stocks and expose the conservation, management and compliance challenges in this region. As part of this work the Government of Palau and Greenpeace cooperated in a joint surveillance exercise in Palauan waters. Similar exercises were conducted in 2011 with Palau, and in 2006 with Kiribati and Federated States of Micronesia.
The findings from this expedition reinforce the need for many of the proposed conservation and management measures being put forth by Pacific Island countries to the WCPFC at this and previous Commission meetings. Greenpeace highlights the following findings from our most recent Defending Our Pacific expedition, as evidence to be considered in the deliberations of the Commission at its 9th meeting.
Download WCPFC9 briefing, Greenpeace ship findings November 2012