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Pacific Regional Small Arms and Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Workshop


Following consideration at the 2010 PILON Annual Meeting, PILON members have agreed to support the effort of States to negotiate an International Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  The ATT aims to create an international legal framework for the trade in conventional arms, including small arms and light weapons. Through regulation of the legal trade, the ATT will contribute to deterring and preventing the illicit trafficking and proliferations of arms.

An update regarding the 2011 meeting of the UN Preparatory Committee of the ATT was provided here.

Illegal Shark Fishing Fines - Palau and Marshall Islands


In Palau, the operators of a Taiwanese fishing vessel have been fined $US65,000 and the vessel and its captain banned from fishing in Palauan waters for 1 year, for illegal shark fishing in the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The vessel was caught in a joint patrolling operation between the Palau Government and Greenpeace, and settlement was made in the Supreme Court of Palau last month.

All commercial shark fishing is banned within Palau’s waters, after the entire EEZ was declared a shark sanctuary in 2009.  In early December 2011, pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Palaun Government and Greenpeace Australia Pacific, a joint enforcement exercise was being conducted when the Taiwanese vessel was detected carrying out shark finning activities.   

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