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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic fisheries observer coverage on all purse-seiners fishing in Pacific waters has been suspended for another month.

Wrecked sailors return home

Friday May 29, 2020

Two Marshall Islanders who drifted at sea for 42 days and seven others have returned home, the first people allowed into the republic since a March travel ban was enforced to ward off Covid-19.

An Ecuadorian fishing vessels with a Covid-19 positive crew has left French Polynesia’s waters. The ship Charo had been off the Marquesas islands where a seriously ill fisherman was last week transferred to a rescue team which flew him to Tahiti’s main hospital.

The Pacific Tourism Organisation wants to see wage support for the struggling tourism sector in the region, as the Covid-19 pandemic leaves long-term economic damage in its wake.

Pacific islands that rely on tourism should reset their economies and invest in sustainable industries and migrant workers to better weather the impact of disease and disaster, according to a senior United Nations official.

Fiji Airways’ decision to let go nearly 800 staff due to the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of establishing a Pacific travel bubble as soon as possible, an aviation expert says.

Papua New Guinea’s former prime minister Peter O’Neill has been charged with suspicion of misappropriation, abuse of office and official corruption.

Cook Islander wins science award

Wednesday May 20, 2020

Grandmother’s traditional medicines inspires a Cook Islands chemical scientist.


Australia has said it would support Fiji's bid to join a potential trans-Tasman travel bubble amid the Covid-19 pandemic, RNZP reports.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Indonesia's Papua province has rocketed past four hundred, reports RNZP.

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