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New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, left, celebrates with Giancarlo Stanton after hitting a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

Judge homers twice, Yankees come back to beat Rays 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his major…

Wilhelm R. Rengiil Memorial Scholarship Launched at PCC

On June 01, 2022 PCC President Dr. Patrick U. Tellei received a $10,000 donation from Ms. Kiyoko K. Rengiil and her daughter Attorney General Ernestine Rengiil, the family of late Mellachelbeluu Wilhelm R. Rengiil, to officially launch a PCC Based Memorial Scholarship in his honor. Mr. Rengiil not only believes in education but also a…

World Oceans Day

– UN Message from Secretary General, Antonio Guterres NEW YORK (UNRCO) — Last month, the World Meteorological Organisation revealed that four key climate indicators broke new records in…

Second submarine fiber optic cable laid

Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) celebrated the next segment of the second submarine cable project laying from Ngardmau State port yesterday. The vessel Strider, a specialized cable-laying vessel, started the pre-shore laying early Monday morning. The submarine…

Bul ra Kemais Restoration Project

On Saturday, May 28, 2022, the Bdelul La’Arkemais (BLA) Organization continued with Day 3 of the Bul ra Kemais Restoration Project that began two weeks ago on…

US military to hold first live-fire Patriot missile exercise in Palau

The US military will conduct its first live-fire drill firing Patriot missiles during its first air defense exercise in Palau this June.  This will be the first time that the exercise is done in Palau and the second one fired west of the International Dateline An estimated 500 to 800 US soldiers from the 1st…

HOPE

Hope is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all –       ~EMILY…

U.S expresses commitment to Pacific islands that rejected China pact

WASHINGTON/SUVA (NEWSWIRE/FBC NEWS) —The U.S said on Tuesday that it was committed to supporting nations in the Pacific Ocean region. The words have come just a day after ten Pacific nations rejected a pact with China. The U.S said Beijing’s own actions showed how opaque its offer was. The rejection of the pact is being…

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PICRC Research staff Adrian Ililau receives full scholarship to attend US Coast Guard Academy

Adrian Ililau, a Research Assistant with Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), was recently admitted to the US Coast Guard Academy on a full scholarship! Over the next four years Ililau will receive academic, military and seamanship training at the prestigious school. His program begins on June 21st at the Academy’s swearing in ceremony in…

Council of Chiefs to hold 1st Traditional Leaders Forum

Palau Council of Chiefs (Rubekul Belau) is convening the 1st Traditional Leaders Forum, gathering traditional leaders from all of the 16 states of the Republic of Palau on the 14th and 15th days of June 2022. “So much has happened since the evolution of the COVID 19 pandemic and it is important to take some…

Palau honors past presidents

Tomorrow, the 1st of June, 2022,  Palau will be honoring its past and living Presidents during this national holiday, Presidents Day. President Day falls on June 1st which is the birthday of Palau’s first President Haruo I. Remeliik who was born on June 1st and died on June 30th. On June 1st, there will be…

Four file for Ngarchelong governorship

It is confirmed that four candidates will run for the Office of Governor of Ngarchelong State.  At the close of business day yesterday, May 30, 2022, the last day to file a petition for the Office of Governor of…

Ministry of State

On May 20, 2022, Minister of State Gustav Aitaro and Mr. Anthony Wyles-Norwegian People’s Aid…

FSM not ready to reopen borders

PONPHE (PACIFIC ISLAND TIMES) —Federated States of Micronesia President David W. Panuelo has asked the parliament to extend the public health emergency declaration through…

FILE – Thai policemen stand in front of packages of methamphetamines on display during a press conference at Narcotics Suppression Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand on July 15, 2019. Police said they seized 459 kilograms (1,012 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine that they suspect originated from neighboring Myanmar. The number of methamphetamine tablets seized in East and Southeast Asia exceeded a billion last year for the first time, highlighting the scale of illegal drug production and trafficking in the region and the challenges of fighting it, the U.N. said Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/File)

1B meth pills: East, SE Asia drug industry hits ominous peak

BANGKOK (AP) — The number of methamphetamine tablets seized in East and Southeast Asia exceeded a billion last year for the first time, highlighting the scale of illegal drug production and trafficking in the region and the challenges of fighting it, the U.N. said Monday. The 1.008 billion tablets was part of a regionwide haul…

The 2022 Grand Prix kicked off with Leg 1 on May 7 at the Koror Side of the JP Friendship Bridge.

2022 Open Water (Swimming) Grand Prix: Leg 2 kicks off June 4

Palau Swimming Association reminds the public that Leg 2 of the 2022 Palau Open Water Grand Prix kicks off on Saturday, June 4 at Skojio (Meyuns Ramp). Check in for all swimmers is 6 to 6:45 AM. This event is open to everyone – young and young-at-heart – and includes the following divisions: 500 and…

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It’s the pain and fears in our lives that make us stay in our small stories. ~ John Eldredge I’ve been studying shame for over 30 years. John Bradshaw’s book, “HEALING THE SHAME THAT BINDS YOU” and Lewis Swedes’s “SHAME and GRACE” are my favorites. They have helped me to undetand myself. We have had…

Australia Day 2022- Inaugural Cricket match

May 25, 2022- The Australian Embassy hosted its Australia Day celebration on 24 May 2022 with the inaugural cricket match between the Ambassador’s Team and the President’s Team. Cricket players…

What’s at stake for China on South Pacific visit?

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing’s growing military and diplomatic presence in the region. The U.S. has traditionally been the area’s major power, but China has been pursuing inroads, particularly with the Solomon Islands, a nation less than 2,000 kilometers…

Speaker Ngitchob Eufrasia Remeliik, Vice Speaker Jerry Singeo and Floor Leader Renguul Donald Haruo sworn-in as officers of the opposing faction of the 14th Peleliu State Legislature. (pictured from left to right: Speaker Ngitchob E. Remeliik, Legislator Sherry Dilbos Sisior (at the back of Remeliik), in front(Remeliik granddaughter), Vice Speaker Jerry Singeo. Obaklechol Peter Napoleon (at the back), Floor Leader Renguul Donald Haruo and Mrs. Haruo.

Peleliu opposing faction’s elected officers sworn-in

The 14th Peleliu State Legislature opposing faction’s elected officers were sworn-in to office yesterday by Justice Honora Rudimch at the…

Sun’s Flower Shop continue to support PCS

On April 29, 2022, Palau Conservation Society (PCS) received a generous donation of $5,000 from Sun’s Flower Shop. Pictured is owner and founder, Mrs. Sandra Pierantozzi and Ms. Melissa Ueda of SPACO Finance with PCS Executive Director Michelle Ngirutang. In 1994, Mrs. Pierantozzi was one of ten visionaries who sought to create an organization that…

MHRCTD – Regional Cooperation and
Marketing between our islands

Minister Ngiraibelas Tmetuchl along with Director Kiblas Soaladaob and McMichael Mutok Jr. of the Bureau of Cul-tural and Historical Preservation Office met with Guam Historic Preservation Officer Mr. Patrick Lujan and Russ Kanai of the Guam Historic Preservation Office and our Palauan Consulate General in Guam, Ms. Adelina K. Jose.Discussions included implementing new ways of…

BSCC PC2 Project Pre-lay Shore End (PLSE) June 6th 2022

PC2 Project BSCC’s PC2 project is financed by equity sourced from Compact of Free Association funding from US Department of the Interior; debt from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP); and grant support from USAID, the Australian Embassy, Koror and AIFFP.…

UNSEEN, UNSOUGHT, and UNCERTAIN

In her book, CAPTIVATING, Staci Eldredge writes  “I know I am not alone in this nagging sense of failing to measure up, a feeling of not being good enough as a woman. Every woman I’ve ever met feels it—something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut feeling of…

PHS Class of 2022 inspired to dream

Palau High School class of 2022 received an earful of sage advice from their special guest speaker, former President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., as they marked the end of their high school years on a high note. “Let imagination be the driving force towards our limitless future,” reads the 2022 Graduating Class AIM.  “The future…

PICRC charts its next five years in new strategic plan

Since 2001, when the Palau International Coral Reef Center began its operations, the Center has updated its strategic plan regularly every five years.  As with previous updates, the finished plan reflects the insights of each staff member.  The Center’s staff participated in a series of situation analysis workshops to assess their respective department’s performance, challenges,…

L to R: Minister Gustav Aitaro -Minister of State, Ambassador Jessica Lee- Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Palau, Acting Director Linda Ngirameketii- Bureau of Archives & Media, Shirley Tulop- Administrative Support Ministry of State, Seaver Chang-Deputy Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Palau.

Amb. Lee of China (Taiwan) courtesy visit radio station EPFM87.9/Ngerel Belau

On May 13, 2022, the Ministry of State-Division of Media & Information Services, operating as EPFM 87.9/ Ngerel Belau, had the honor to receive Her Excellency Ambassador Jessica Lee of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Palau as a visiting guest to the radio station. During her visit, Ambassador Lee shared several…

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Pacific Marines move to formalise role as the stand-in force

WASHINGTON (DEFENCE NEWS) — As China expanded the reach of its weapons throughout the South China Sea over the last decade, U.S weapons development focused on increasing the standoff range, so American forces could stay safe as an outside force shooting in. But U.S Marines in the Pacific have continued to operate inside that striking…

Obakerbau, Aimeliik’s new speaker

Lucio Oisebokel Obakerbau is the new speaker of the 12th Aimeliik State Legislature after the legislature adopted a resolution appointing him speaker.  He is slated to take his oath of office this week. “I am working with my colleagues to first see what bills they have already placed on the calendar and see if we…

Japanese Government Scholarships for School Year 2023 Now accepting applications

The Embassy of Japan in Palau is now accepting applications for the 2023 Japanese Government Scholarships. There are three (3) types of Japanese Government Scholarships offered annually to Palauan’s nationals through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). These scholarships that are now open for applications are Research (Postgraduate), Undergraduate and Specialized…

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ADAM’S PROJECT

Maturity doesn’t always come with age or how long you’ve been going to church.…

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Whipps says PIF leaders discuss Solomon Islands security pact with China 

Pacific island nations’ leaders sought clarity from the Solomon Islands regarding its security deal with China, President Surangel Whipps Jr. told reporters on Wednesday. He however said after Pacific Islands Forum leaders met with the Solomon Island leader they believe that “Solomon Islands was being very transparent with what their intentions were.” The president did not share details about the discussion regarding the security pact ,…

Whipps confident tourism will rebound by year-end

“For sure by the end of the year, tourism should be back to normal,” said President Surangel Whipps Jr. of the tourism outlook for Palau in the coming year. Looking at the COVID-19 trends in Asia, President Whipps expressed optimism that the Palau key tourist markets will be re-opening soon. Palau gets most of its visitors from Asian countries, particularly Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. …

May focused on mental and emotional health through proclamations

The first two weeks of May focused attention on health awareness through three (3) Presidential Proclamations, the Palau National Nurses Week (May 6 to 12), National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 8), and National Prevention Week (May 8 to 14). Presidential Proclamation 22-320, proclaims May 6 to 12 as Palau’s National Nurses Week coinciding with the American Nurses Association theme of “Nurses Make…

Taiwan’s COVID-19 containment strategy utilizing innovative technology and universal health coverage

Dr. Shih-Chung ChenMinister of Health and WelfareRepublic of China (Taiwan) Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 510 million confirmed cases and more than 6.25 million deaths have been reported around the world. As nations continue to battle the pandemic, Taiwan’s achievements have been widely recognized. As of May 10, 2022, about 390,000 confirmed cases and 931 deaths had been reported in Taiwan,…

Melekeok senior citizens plant trees and share Lake Ngardok memories with Ngardok Anniversary Committee

This past Senior Citizens’ Day, the Ngardok Nature Reserve 25th Anniversary Organizing Committee (NNR AOC) and Melekeok State, along with citizens and leadership of Melekeok, gathered to celebrate its oldest and wisest residents. The morning began with a tree planting at Ungilmood market in Ngerulmud, in honor of the senior citizens. Afterwards, the elderly listened to remarks by Reklai Bao Ngirmang, Governor Henaro Polloi,…

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Peleliu Elementary School students visit Ngerikiil Water Source

As part of PCC’s Educational Talent Search Program, 8th graders from Peleliu Elementary School visited Ngerikiil water source on April 29, 2022. The Ngerikiil river along with Ngerimel dam are the two main water sources for Koror and Airai. Water from these two sources is treated at the Koror-Airai Water Treatment Plant in Ngeruluobel before being distributed to almost 5,000 residences in Koror and…

Mental Health Disorders & Community

Watching the Palau Presidential Conference dated 04 May 2022, a topic was discussed, which hit close to home and that is Mental Health Disorders. Mental health disorders vary in types and levels. This article is about sharing information to enlighten the community about mental health issues. Some common mental health disorders are: Anxiety Disorder.Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)Bipolar Disorder.Depression.Eating DisorderPsychosis.Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders.Post-Traumatic Stress…

FILE – Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., speaks to the crowd before former President Donald Trump takes the stage at a rally, April 9, 2022, in Selma, N.C. Cawthorn, a conservative Republican from North Carolina, touted a new crypto coin in a video posted to social media, emphatically declaring “This is going to the moon, baby,” while urging viewers to visit the coin’s website and “get on the train.” But after an initial spike, it plunged in value and is now worth a small fraction of a penny. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

Crypto comes to Washington. Will the millions buy influence?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Erin Houchin braced for the worst when a mysterious, well-financed group started buying television ads last month in her highly competitive southern Indiana congressional race. Houchin assumed she would face a negative blitz, like the one that crushed her in 2016 when she ran for the same seat. But, in fact, the opposite happened. American Dream Federal Action, a super PAC…

FILE – This undated photo provided on April 17, 2022, by the North Korean government shows Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location in North Korea. The Korean Central News Agency said Thursday, May 12, 2022, tests from an unspecified number of people in the capital Pyongyang confirmed that they were infected with the omicron variant. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world. The size of the outbreak wasn’t immediately known, but it could have serious consequences because…

John Kerry: ‘My message to people is we have to take advantage of the fact that the science tells us we still have time, but we have to greatly accelerate what we’re doing.’ Photograph: Orn E Borgen/AP .

John Kerry warns a long Ukraine war would threaten climate efforts

WASHINGTON, 11 MAY 2022 (THE GUARDIAN) — The longer the war in Ukraine carries on, the worse the consequences will be for the climate, the U.S presidential envoy John Kerry has warned. Many countries are struggling with an energy crisis while also urgently needing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to limit global heating to 1.5C, he said. “If it’s a long period of time,…



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Australian Embassy acknowledges
Palau Red Cross society on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

On World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, we’d like to acknowledge Palau Red Cross Society’s (PRCS) continued efforts providing support services to community members and those most in need. In May 2020, the Australian Government partnered with the PRCS by providing AUD17,500 to support COVID-19 public communication efforts including volunteer training and printing and…

Pacific NGOs call on visiting Japanese Foreign Minister to reconsider plans to dump radioactive nuclear waste in the Pacific Ocean

Suva- The Pacific Collective on Nuclear Issues (the Collective) is calling on Japan’s Foreign Minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, who is visiting Fiji and Palau this week, to reconsider Japan’s plans to dump over one million tonnes of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean as early as next year. According to the Japanese Government, Minister Hayasi will…

Bank of Guam Employee earns Anti-Financial crime designation

Kazzandra Ruaro completes anti-money laundering certification May 6, 2022, Hagåtña, GU -Bank of Guam is proud to announce that Kazzandra Ruaro, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Anti-Money Laundering Support Manager, has earned the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification. This credential is the gold standard in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) certifications and recognized internationally by financial…

PICRC researchers headed to Hawaii for IAEA Ocean Acidification Fellowship

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) Researcher Ikelau Otto and Research Assistant McQuinnley Mesengei traveled to Hawaii last Friday to begin an ocean acidification fellowship at the University of Hawaii. The two-and-a-half-month fellowship will provide Otto and Mesengei with the expertise they need to operate a new state-of-the-art ocean acidification (OA) monitoring lab at PICRC. …

28th Police Academy joins Melekeok community to clear Lake Ngardok

On Saturday, April 30, cadets from the 28th Police Academy joined forces with the Melekeok Conservation Network, Ngaramecherocher, Ngaraotellouch, Melekeok leadership and community members to participate in the control of a native species called cheuais in Lake Ngardok. The plant cheuais (hanguana malayana) is a tall grass which has grown in the lake for years,…

Ngaramecherocher and Evangelical Youth Conference plant trees for Earth Day

This past April 23, Saturday, citizens young and old from Melekeok were able to celebrate the occasion by planting trees. In collaboration with the Ngardok 25th Anniversary Committee, tree planting started that morning with Ngaramecherocher, the men’s club of Melekeok, planting 125 tree seedlings at Bertakl, a section of Ngardok Nature Reserve that is made…

Dr. Samir Patel & Nita Patel visit to PCS

On April 27, 2022, Palau Conservation Society (PCS) was delighted to meet and receive a generous gift of $500 from Dr. Samir Patel and wife, Nita Patel, longtime supporters of PCS and its mission to protect Palau’s unique, natural environment. Dr. Samir Patel and his wife first came to Palau in 1991 where they spent…

  Pacific Hackathon final winners

Suva, Fiji (22 July 2022) – The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) in association with Pacific Island Association of NGOs (PIANGO), the European Union Funded UNDP Public Finance Management Project and other supporting partners kicked off the Pacific’s first-ever Hackathon to find an ICT based solution to “Amplify Pacific Voices”. PIANGO, the…

7th Our Ocean Conference Closing Ceremony Closing Remarks by Ambassador Ilana Seid Representative of Palau to the United Nations

Ungil kebesengei. Tokubets el sus el mora President Whipps, Ibedul, Reklai ma rubekul belau, Bilung, Ebil Reklai ma re mechesil Belau, Vice President Sengebau, Senate President Baules ma re Senators el rokui, Speaker Anastasio ma re Delegates el rokui, Minsters, Governors, Legislators ma rechad er Belau el rokui. Mem bo kulturek e bok du cheldecheduch…

Opinion

UNESCO Global Geoparks for the Pacific

NOUMEA (SPC) — What do UNESCO Global Geoparks, the Pacific regions recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and a Pacific Community (SPC) Geologist have in common?  Usually not a lot but when the 2020 Funding with Intent round was opened for applications, these three disparate things came together in a project called, Pacific Geoparks. Initiated by…

(Ambassador Opinion) STEADFAST PARTNER AND FRIEND TO PALAU 04 MAY 2022- Australia is proud to have opened the doors to our new Embassy in Koror in 2019.  Our increased presence builds on decades of cooperation on issues that matter to us both.  It means we can work together on our common values as democratic countries…

The Silent Majority

by Alonzo ‘Al’ Kahalic Dear Editor, today’s article is about PERCEPTION. PERCEPTION is, “A BELIEF OR OPINION,OFTEN HELD BY MANY PEOPLE AND  BASED ON HOW THINGS SEEM” -from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/perception It has been an interesting seven months since I last submitted the first article about what this column, wants to do for the Silent Majority in Palau. So, we will focus on our Leaders and…

Correcting the Record on Recent Media Articles about Proposed PNMS Bill (HB No. 11-30-2S, HD1)

By: Speaker Sabino AnastacioPalau, like many of its Pacific Island peers, is deeply reliant on the international community. From tourists who frequent our beautiful islands to experience world-class diving, to bilateral and multi-lateral partners that help us to address emerging and existing threats to our stability, to civil society organizations that support our efforts to…

Extractive projects cause irreparable harm to indigenous cultures, languages, lives, speakers tell Permanent Forum

NEW YORK (UN) — The explosive growth of extractive operations around the world often plays out on indigenous people’s lands without their consent, causing irreparable harm to their livelihoods, cultures, languages and lives, speakers told the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Monday, as it opened its 2022 session amid calls to respect their free,…

A drop in the ocean? Organised crime dynamics in Pacific Island countries

By Tess Cain BRISBANE (GLOBAL INITIATIVE) — Although Pacific Island countries do not experience high levels of criminality, shifts in transnational dynamics are changing the region’s organised crime landscape. More needs to be done to address these emerging issues multilaterally. The Boe Declaration, signed by the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum in 2018, is…

The Business Case for Building a Blue Economy in Small Island Nations

Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Acting High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing States and Small Island Developing States. As the saying goes, we know more about the surface of the moon than the seafloor of our own ocean. But perhaps not for too much longer. In recent decades, we have witnessed a dramatic rise in…

Toward a More Prosperous and Sustainable Pacific Ocean

SUVA (WORLD BANK) — The “Blue Pacific” is far more than just a fashionable term in the Pacific region. It is a reminder that what some people consider the world’s smallest countries are, in fact, among the largest. Measured in land area, most Pacific islands look like specks on a map, yet Kiribati, Marshall Islands,…

To Solve Climate Change, Dive Into the Power of the Ocean

By Surangel Whipps, Jr and John Kerry  WASHINGTON/KOROR (REUTERS)—As governments around the world work to sustainably rebuild their economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would do well to remember that the ocean also holds as many opportunities for resilient low-carbon growth as can be found on land. Call it the blue economy.…

Pacific leaders may be sceptical of U.S engagement

HONOLULU/WASHINGTON (EAST ASIA FORUM) —U. S Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s 12 February 2022 visit to Fiji for a virtual summit with Pacific leaders occurred shortly after the White House released its new Indo-Pacific Strategy. Blinken made no mention of China in his public comments, and, to its credit, the strategy minimises China-bashing to focus…

Strengthening the voice of Pacific fishers’

APIA  (SPC) — The International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) was launched in the Pacific Islands, during an event today to mark the occasion by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Pacific fishers, the Pacific Community (SPC) and INFOFISH.The IYAFA 2022 year-long regional campaign will highlight the Pacific…