The Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are a diverse array of countries with widely varying topographies, cultures and economies, fragile natural resource environments, and prosperity, stability, and security that can be compromised by the impacts and consequences of climate change. The Pacific island governments view climate change as a priority issue, especially in terms of its potential impacts on food security, and need clear directions in addressing both issues.
Fish, fishing, and fisheries-the various products, the trade, and the industry-all benefit the people and economies of the Pacific in a variety of ways, but the full value of these benefits is not reflected in the region's statistics. The research summarized in this report reaffirms the importance of this sector to the economies and societies of the Pacific Island countries.
This report highlights the importance of tuna in the economies of the Pacific countries. Considering the limited exploitable resource of these countries, it may be argued that for people of the Pacific, tuna is not only a key resource but often the key resource.
The future food security and economic development of the Pacific region will undoubtedly be linked to the responsible and sustainable management of its tuna resources. This report provides valuable insights into how such resource management can be achieved.
Fisheries, in particular the tuna resource, offer investment opportunities in support of economic growth and the generation of employment and incomes for the ADB's Pacific developing member countries (PDMCs). Investment opportunities are however greatly influenced by the recipients' political, social, and economic circumstances.