The Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) is an regional organisation representing and advocating for the domestic industry in the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
1. To provide a united voice for the domestic fishing and associated industries of members
2. To facilitate and encourage the economically and biologically sustainable use of tuna and tuna-related resources
3. To undertake, coordinate and promote liaison and negotiations with national, regional and international bodies and other entities with similar interest
OUR TARGET FOCUS CONSISTS OF THREE DIFFERENT ASPECTS:
1. Representation of commercial interests to policy making forums
2. Information dissemination and profile building
3. Promotion of sustainable fishing behaviour which adds value to the industry
A key function of PITIA is to keep the smaller Industry associations fully informed on WCPFC developments and proposals and activities at FFA and SPC which may be of concern to them. PITIA, as an “industrial” NGO, has no national borders and can look at the ‘non-geopolitical’ issues and alternatives and provide ‘impartial’ advice to government(s) on issues such as comparing the benefits of deriving income from tendering vessel days under the VDS to facilitating domestic catching/ processing activities. PITIA is essentially a voluntary organization, based in Suva, Fiji Islands, with only the Executive Secretary as a paid employee.