edited March 2010 in General

Press Release #0310-15
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
March 5, 2010

Private foundations target illegal fishing in region

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, March 4, 2010) – Japanese officials during meetings in Tokyo are expected to roll out plans for injecting millions of dollars into a beefed up Micronesian regional coast guard program to combat illegal fishing, according to Marshall Islands officials involved in the talks. A major Japanese foundation is planning for a ten-year program in support of marine surveillance training, equipment and technology upgrades, said officials in Majuro. Delegations from the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau are joining officials from the Coast Guards of Japan and the United States, the Australian Defense Department, and the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Peace Foundation to confirm the plans for Japan’s stepped up marine surveillance support. The Japanese initiative comes as Pacific islands are making an unprecedented push to conserve dwindling tuna resources and reduce illegal fishing in the region that has one of the world’s last healthy fisheries. The Sasakawa Foundation, which has funded cultural and media projects in Micronesia since the 1980s, has for the past two years promoted a plan for Sasakawa to support a coordinated marine and fisheries surveillance effort.


  • Thank you for helping Micronesia protect your product.
  • Thanks to the japz, go ahead continue to fish all you want in our waters.
  • lots of negativities. lacks the abilities to see the biger picture...thats why hard! is what an hawaiian would say inregard to your post..lol!
  • I agree with moron #3.
  • thats makes two mororns in one shell? lol.. give me a break!
  • look who's calling who a moron. go back to bikini atoll, wise guy.
  • LOL! and are you saying that I'm in your homeland here?.. where are we exactly any ways?..mmmmm!
  • We're on Wotje Atoll.
  • Oh!.. I thought we're at Morons homeland...hahahaha!
  • You thought correctly.
  • Micronesia Offered Help To Protect Its Ocean Resources
    David Tharp
    The Nippon Foundation

    Japan, Australia and U.S. To Send Coast Guard Support

    Micronesian island states need help to increase sea patrols over their exclusive economic zones (EZZ) to protect marine resources, prevent pollution, and monitor the safety of sea routes through their territories.

    The Japanese, Australian and U.S. Coast Guards may soon start cooperating with Micronesian states to provide this surveillance and protection, perhaps as early as 2011, according to proposals suggested at a meeting held in Tokyo on 2 March.

    “There is a need for us to strengthen the surveillance capacity of Micronesia,” said a participant at the conference, which included representatives from Palau, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Australia, Japan, and the United States.

    Micronesian states welcomed this initiative to increase surveillance of their ocean territories and EEZs, collectively covering 5.5 million square kilometers – the third largest in the world -- especially due to their own lack of funds and necessary sea patrol ships.

    The Tokyo meeting was attended by The Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s chairman Jiro Hanyu whose organizations offered their support for a public-private partnership to build up Micronesia’s maritime safety and ocean surveillance capacity.

    The meeting was also attended by government ministers from Palau; the Federated States of Micronesia; and the Marshall Islands, as well as Australian, U.S., and Japanese officials who discussed concrete plans to help combat illegal activities and incursions in the Western Pacific ocean.

    The U.S, is concerned with the problems facing the Micronesian states partly because of their proximity to Guam, which is a key forward American security base in the western Pacific, and Japan is particularly anxious to maintain the security of the area because Japanese shipping and trade routes there are connected to the Malacca and Singapore Straits, a major sea lane.

    Since 2008, The Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Peace Foundation have provided collaborative consultation and support to Micronesia to assess its maritime security capabilities and needs. The result of this research and assessment shows a pressing need for Micronesia to increase its sea patrols and other maritime capacity building.

    The action plan proposed at the 2 March meeting included: the need for construction of coast guard infrastructure in the Micronesian nations, and increased sophisticated communication capability throughout the vast ocean area, A meeting is planned for June in Guam of a working level group of experts to start preparations for the launching of projects next year to start building necessary infrastructure in the three Micronesian states, and a further meeting is planned for the latter half of 2010 in one of the island states to consolidate these plans.

    The attendees of this first meeting on 2 March included Minister of Justice Wase of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia Minister of Transport and Communications Infrastructure Mr Itimai, the Republic of Palau Minister of Justice Gibbons, Japan Coast Guard representative Hisayasu Suzuki, U.S. State Department senior advisor Mr Bezuna, Australian Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Bureau, Pacific Waters, The Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa, and Sasakawa Peace Foundation Chairman Jiro Hanyu.
  • After the ban, everybody wants to befriend the OPEC of the Tuna Industry. It's all good though, because unlike the real one this "OPEC" is dirt poor. We can't afford fuel, equipment or vessels for sufficient surveillance. Heck, we can't afford a 10 oz. can of tuna!

    Where has all our fisheries profits gone?
  • hey! moron.. cant to see?.. there is a big support from the might nations? wake up and smell the bwese!.. lol!... like I mention before, instead of calling fault on the denial rights in the compact, why not invest in it?..duh???.. Micronesian royal coast guard??.. warrrrrar! its a mentality working and thinking out side the kimirmir people!.. and its the right way of thinking too...hahahahah!
  • The Micronesian Government should have thought about purchasing fishing boats/ships and other essencials that'll enable them to fish their own waters. I mean there has to a way that they could do it without breaking the law.
    Caus when you think about it, it maybe the only way to pump money into their economy. Then maby they could use the money they make from fishing to pay off debts little by little. Making money should come first instead of just taking.(with that said, my apology to those who feel offended)

    Anyhow, I think it's aways a good thing to try and help protect properties when the rightful owner/s may not be up to the task. But what I do hate is when people take advantage of others. I'm not saying that some body is taking or being taken advantage of in this particular story but I'm just expressing my thoughts, Just like everybody !
  • We need all the help we can get with what we currently have or rather don't have. May Micronesia lead in deciding what need be done. Let us not just be spectators for this is our opportunity to dictate to these resourceful giants OUR terms, OUR expectations. The ball is in our court so MAKE IT COUNT!
  • To guard the vest ocean, it will take a lots of efforts , lots of manpower, and lots of hours, and lots of patrol boats wich means more jobs .. A survelline Program that is sopported by the three big nations?...why take it as far as covering the PNA ocean?.. all you IT people out there, this is it, this is your changes to serve your country.. a state of the art , new technology survelline program is an important part of components that will makes this fisher management program of the PNA suceed, and its shall be the foundation of all development in the region
    weather it be tourism or farming, world park or casinos, government own fishing boats, or privately owned fishing boat. This is the base. this fish resource is the base resource that each economic development should be basing on...
  • can we put in a course @ COM reguired grad?
  • All thoughts and ideas on this subject weather positive or negative should be brought to be reviewed by the right people (whom ever they may be) because the outcome of these meetings that the big nations and the not so big states/territories are holding will definetly effect the futur generations of the rightful owners of these waters.
  • More job opportunities for micronesians and better responsibility on our EEZ.
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