Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Micronesian Maritime Authority (MMA) Makeover

POHNPEI, Palikir (FSM Information Service): November 9, 2000 - The Micronesian Maritime Authority has undergone changes in both name and trusteeship.

Under the recently enacted Public Law 11-57, The Micronesian Maritime Authority officially changed its name to Micronesian Fisheries Authority (MFA).

The Micronesian Fisheries Authority responsibilities range from conservation, management and development of the tuna resources within the FSM EEZ, to representing the National Government on fishing agreements with foreign nations. These fishing agreements generate between 14 -16 million dollars per year for FSM, therefore MFA also monitors the terms and conditions of these agreements.

Issuance of Fishing Licenses is another category of responsibilities under the Micronesian Fisheries Authority.

The Micronesia Fisheries Authority is governed by a Board of Directors nominated by the President in consultation with state Governors under the advice and consent of Congress.

The confirmed Board comprises of member representatives from each of the five governments. Mr. Lorin Robert from the Department of Foreign Affairs represents the National Government and currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for Asian, Pacific and Multilateral Affairs.

Lieutenant Governor Andrew Yatilman represents the State of Yap on the Board, and Chuuk representative, Mr. Tiser Lippwe, is currently the Acting Director of Treasury, while Mr. Nena Nena serves as Kosrae State's Director for Department of Land, Agriculture and Fisheries. Pohnpei Port Manager, Mr. Akillino Susaia represents Pohnpei.

The Board's Organizational Meeting is tentatively scheduled for the last week of November in Palikir, Pohnpei. Issues to be addressed include the revised FSMC-24, ADB recommendations, MHLC and various Fisheries subtopics and agreements.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356