SPC is the Pacific Island region’s principal technical and scientific organisation. It delivers technical, scientific, research, policy and training support to Pacific Island countries and territories in public health, geoscience, agriculture, forestry, water resources, disaster management, fisheries, education (community, TVET, quality and standards for all school levels), statistics, transport, energy, ICT, media, human rights, gender, youth and culture. For more information, visit http://www.spc.int .
Within SPC, the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) has the goal of ensuring fisheries exploiting the western and central Pacific region’s resources of tuna, billfish and related species are managed for economic and ecological sustainability using the best available scientific information (for further information see http://www.spc.int/oceanfish/ ).
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) is responsible for international management of tuna fisheries throughout the region. The WCPFC membership includes all 26 SPC members, as well as Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, the European Union, Japan, Korea and Philippines. The OFP provides data management and stock assessment services and advice to WCPFC under an annual service agreement. For more background on the work of the WCPFC see http://www.wcpfc.int .