Philippines, PNG ink tuna agreement

Filipino fishermen in Papua New Guinea have always wanted to expand exports of tuna to the European Union. The effort is somewhat stymied by the absence of certificates of origin required by EU.

This is one of several reasons the Philippines and PNG created a joint committee that will craft a detailed monitoring control and surveillance over tuna exports.

Benjamin Tabios, director at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said both countries yesterday approved the creation of the "Joint Committee on Fisheries Cooperation" and the "Subsidiary Arrangement on Specific Areas of Cooperation" which would pave the way for detailed enforcement of monitoring control and surveillance functions on shorelines.

Tabios said these follow a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Fisheries Cooperation forged by the two countries in 2009.

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