BY ALEX DADAMU
About 150 Million US Dollars’ worth of direct economic value to Small Island developing states including Solomon Islands is lost to Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing in the pacific.
This was according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his pre-recorded video-speech which was delivered virtually today September 27 at the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Prime Minister Sogavare told World Leaders that as an ocean state, the conservation and preservation of the ocean and its resources remains a priority for Solomon Islands.
“The lives of our people and the economy of our country remains deeply connected to the ocean.
“The Solomon Islands Tuna Industry generates around 60 Million US Dollars in revenue on an annual basis for the economy and also provides employment for 2000 Solomon Islanders,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
However, the Prime Minister revealed that Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing within the Solomon Islands Maritime Jurisdiction remains a threat to the country’s Tuna Resources.
“I call on distant water fishing nations to reduce the incidence of illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing in our waters,” Sogavare urged.
Prime Minister Sogavare meanwhile told World Leaders that the Solomon Islands Government remains committed to negotiate a legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of Marine biological diversity of areas beyond the country’s national jurisdiction.
“My government looks forward to an agreement that is fair, comprehensive and provide the capacity building for small island developing states such as Solomon Islands to fully implement.
”We note the challenges that COVID-19 poses on the ability of States to conclude the negotiations in 2020, however, we must not lose the momentum, we must continue to strive to complete the negotiation by earliest possible date,” Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said.
Sunday Isles understands that World Leaders have been requested to send their pre-recorded video of their speeches which will be then broadcasted as ‘Live’ at the 75th UN General Assembly as for the first time in UN’s history, the Leaders will not be travelling to New York, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.