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TUVALU'S TEO TAKES CHARGE AT FORUM FISHERIES AGENCY

SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 6, 2001 - Pacific Magazine/PINA Nius Online)---Tuvalu*s former attorney general, Feleti Teo, has succeeded Victorio Uherbelau of Palau as the Forum Fisheries Agency*s director.

Barry Pollock, an Australian, has succeeded Ian Cartwright as deputy director.

[See Forum Fisheries Agency at http://www.ffa.int/]

The appointments come at a critical time for the Forum Fisheries Agency as it prepares to work with the embryonic new High Seas Fisheries Agency, Pacific Magazine reports in its latest issue.

Teo joined the agency as five years of international negotiations were climaxing in an agreement for a commission to regulate fishing in the western and central Pacific high sea areas outside the exclusive economic zones controlled by the Forum*s 16 member countries.

Teo, 38, received a law degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a post-graduate law degree from the Australian National University.

Five years experience with the Forum Fisheries Agency committee involved him in the complex multi-national high seas negotiations.

The agency has a critical role to play since the new commission will include distant water fishing nations that will be involved in designing fisheries management and conservation measures, Teo said.

Since the Forum Fisheries Agency and tuna commission work could overlap he is anxious to avoid duplication, Pacific Magazine reported.

"Management and conservation will, I think, set the theme for the next four or five years," he said.

"The commission will regulate international waters so the major task for the FFA will be to help its members develop their own in-zone management and conservation measures, because there is a need for some compatibility between high seas and in-zone regimes

 



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