Our staff are offered training and accreditation

As part of our commitment to Members, FFA staff are encouraged to continue their own professional development. As experts in the region this information is shared through a range of informal training courses, workshops and support to regionally accredited qualification programmes.

Under the Regional Fisheries Training Framework, FFA staff are provided with trainer and assessor training in order to design and deliver effective learning and assessment plans.

Our legal unit offers annual training

Every year, our legal unit delivers the following training for members:

  • Regional Prosecution Workshop: to increase knowledge of the International Law Legal Framework governing fisheries and related issues, and its relevance to Fisheries Prosecution. It is best suited to Prosecutors and MCS officers, as an update on current issues surrounding fisheries in the Pacific, and relevant MCS tools.

  • Fisheries Negotiation Workshop: to build the capacity of Pacific Islands States to prepare for and take part effectively in international fisheries negotiations in support of their national and regional interests. It is practically oriented, expanded from earlier courses, and includes negotiation of conservation and management measures in the WCPFC context.

  • Law of the Sea Training: to analyse the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, focusing on legal and policy issues. It thoroughly covers its development, framework, baselines, maritime zones and delimitation, boundary issues, protection of the marine environment, legal regimes for managing marine resources, emerging issues and dispute settlement. It is conducted in partnership with ANCORS.

  • International Fisheries Law Training: to examine the fisheries provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the gaps and shortcomings in the law of the sea framework. It addresses political economies of international fisheries, its history, global binding and non-binding instruments, regional fisheries organisations, fisheries agreements and law, compliance and enforcement, and emerging issues. It is conducted in partnership with ANCORS.

  • Judicial Symposium: to examine specific themes related to fisheries and raises awareness of this emerging area of law. This biennial meeting is primarily for the judiciary.

Our fisheries development team provides training

To support Members to develop and sustainable manage their offshore fisheries, FFA staff provide training in:

  • Fisheries Bio-Economics:  Utilising improved technology students learn essential economic modelling, vital to determining fishing stocks.
  • Market Access Training:  The FFA Market Access Adviser provides training to national Competent Authority teams to respond and grow with the demands of the commercial market.

We are involved in tertiary education

Although we do not provide tertiary education or national qualifications, FFA partners with training institutes (such as national or regional universities, or fisheries colleges), and sits on tertiary education provider advisory boards (industry and faculty).

We aim to make sure that students:

  • in oceanic marine fisheries courses have a defined and structured mode of regional fisheries training

  • in associated disciplines can sufficiently understand ocean fisheries issues.

Our staff also:

  • coordinate some aspects of funding or scholarships

  • design fisheries courses with specialist content

  • identify capacity needs in regional and national fisheries development.