Our Ocean Partners

CROP: the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific
CROP is a collective body made up of nine intergovernmental bodies, including the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, working towards achieving sustainable development and cooperation in the Pacific region. The Council is a high-level advisory board that provides each organisation with a chance to voice their issues and inform other members of their progress. The collaboration allows the organisations to pool their expertise and work together. CROP agencies which have work programmes focusing on oceans include the FFA PIFS, SPC, SPREP and USP.


The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)
The FFA is the regional body in charge of managing and controlling fisheries in its 17 member states. The Agency was established to help its members benefit from their fish stocks while maintaining sustainable practices for the future. FFA provides Pacific Island countries with expert advice, technical assistance and other forms of support for fish stocks, in particular tuna, within their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC)
The Secretariat for the Pacific Community is a non-political organisation focused on the sustainable development of terrestrial, marine and social resources. Initiated by Australia, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States; SPC is one of the largest providers of technical assistance in the Pacific. SPC focuses its work in a broad range of areas including health, education, human rights, gender, youth, culture, disaster management, agriculture, forestry, statistics, transport, energy, as well as geosciences, fisheries and water resources.

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme was established to assist its 26 Pacific Island member states with environmental matters. The Programme is responsible for ensuring sustainable development and management is carried out to preserve and effectively manage the region’s natural resources and diverse and often fragile ecosystems. SPREP works to protect the valuable resources and biological diversity of the Pacific environment, including marine ecosystems.

The University of the South Pacific (USP)
The University of the South Pacific is a regional university co-owned by 12 Pacific Island countries. It is an internationally recognised university that specialises in Pacific culture, history and environment. USP currently has two highly recommended programmes related to Oceans: Marine Science, and Marine Affairs.

Marine Sector Working Group:
The Marine Sector Working Group (MSWG) is a mechanism established between CROP members and other organisations (including UN System, donors, CSOs) to enhance cooperation and address work concerned with ocean health and sustainable management of marine resources and ecosystems. The Group works to provide information and advice to CROP CEO and other Pacific decision-makers, as well as promote cooperation and discussion within the sector. The MSWG is responsible for helping implement the Pacific Oceanscape and providing support to the Pacific Ocean Commissioner.

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