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MOANAVOICES

PAMELA
MARU
MOANAVOICES aims to increase the participation of
women in fisheries by raising the profile of fisheries as a
potential career, as well as the profile of women already
working in the sector.

Other ways to foster balance in the sector include


providing support networks for women in fisheries and
strengthening institutions, workplaces and conditions.

Led by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency with


support from the GEF Oceanic Fisheries Management
Project, OFMP2

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Foreword
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The President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, HE Dr Hilda Heine

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PAMELA
MARU

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" We have the
leverage as
resource owners,
we just need to use
it more effectively. "

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WCPFC time: Maru is a core member of the FFA technical team to all WCPFC meetings. Above, between FFA' Director for Fisheries Management Dr.Tim
Adams and FFA Legal Consul Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen.

We need to invest in our people,


and management of these
resources - to give back, as we
take out - if we really want to move
ahead.

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"When we talk fisheries, it often becomes another language" - Pacific nations are a leading force at the WCFPC table.

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TEREERE
TIOTI

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...its important to voice out and share as
part of your work. Its not just important for
your job, but for the development of our
country as well.

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Checking fish for onshore processing at the harbour in Tarawa Kiribati is part of a days work for Tioti and the Competent Authority team.

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Voicing views an important part of work, says Tioti.

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CYNTHIA
WICKHAM

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"Its difficult to say
where the future of
Solomon Islands, or
Pacific fisheries will
be. I would rather say
where I want it to be,
and that is a Fishery
that is well monitored
and regulated with all
stakeholders involved
following the rules
that are put in place."

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Focus, passion, humour- Wickham says opportunities in fisheries offer roles for Solomons youth to manage the future of marine resources.

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NANCY
TAKA-PURI

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...I get to play a role in sustainably
managing the Tuna resource whilst
ensuring our SIDS get the maximum
economic value out of it.
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LOSALINE
LOTO'AHEA

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" I know there is still a perception from many of
our women in Tonga who think this is a mans job.

I and many other women in the ministry are a


reminder that their thinking needs challenging.
What we all think might seem impossible for
women to accomplish and execute, is achievable
and attainable. " 18
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Working it: the standard MCS uniform challenges gender norms on dress codes for women, (Photocredit: L.Lotoahea)

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The place where the rules of the Pacific tuna fishery are decided- the WCPFC.

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RADHIKA
KUMAR

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Put simply, we want
a sustainable fishery
that will provide local
employment and
engagement.
At the same time we
must respect the
markets we supply to
without these we
cannot even go to
sea.

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Keeping an open-door media policy puts Solander on top of newsroom lists when journalists are seeking industry comment

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DIMARY
STOWERS

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If we truly desire and
want sustainability of
our resources in the long
run, we must continue
with reference points
that we know can take us
there.

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Stowers (second from right) during vessel boarding and inspection action during FFA RIMF training in Suva (photo: S.Pareti

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RHEAMOSS
CHRISTIAN

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This catch-22
situation were in
where the prevailing
mentality seems to
be 'if I dont benefit,
someone else will' is
moving us closer to
the brink. At some
point, everyone has
to be willing to stop
and make a larger
sacrifice.
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"I've had to earn my respect for sure, and I continue to earn it every day."-- Moss-Christian with WCPFC Executive Director, Feleti Teo.

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Stepping out for some sun during the long days (and nights) in conference sessions at WCPFC13, in Fiji. PHOTOCREDIT: K.Barry

"Everyones balance is different and my


circumstances have allowed me to design
my work and personal life in a way that
works for my family and meets both my
career and my personal needs.
I wish that for all working parents."

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FFA is committed to ensuring that
sustainable development of the
fishery industries includes steps to
ensure the promotion of gender
issues, fair working conditions
and equitable access to fisheries
resources by local communities.
----Principle 4,
FFA Strategic Plan to 2020

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