Strengthening fisheries and oceans management law and policy in Fiji
Fiji is an archipelagic state, with its ocean area being its most significant resource, making sustainable management a key law and policy issue.
By International Program Manager, EDO NSW, BeomJin (BJ) Kim
23 November 2017
Announcing three significant fisheries and oceans policy papers
With the support of the Packard Foundation, EDO NSW has been working with Fiji Environmental Law Association (FELA) to support the development of comprehensive law and policy frameworks for sustainable fisheries and oceans management in Fiji.
As a result of this work in 2016 and 2017, FELA and EDO NSW completed three significant policy papers in this area:
- Regulating Fiji’s Coastal Fisheries: Law and Policy Discussion Paper (2016) – This is a high level paper outlining the policy, legislative and institutional recommendations for improving coastal fisheries management in Fiji.
- Towards an Effective Framework for Marine Protected Areas in Fiji: Law and Policy Discussion Paper (2017) – This paper analyses the adequacy of existing marine protected areas mechanisms in Fiji and options for reform in this area.
- Towards an Integrated Oceans Management Policy for Fiji: Law and Policy Scoping Paper (2017) – This paper provides an introduction to the concept of an integrated oceans management policy and considers whether it would be appropriate for Fiji to develop an integrated oceans management policy using case studies from other countries.
It is hoped these papers will assist stakeholders to identify key issues, gaps and options for law and policy reform to support sustainable fisheries and oceans management in Fiji.