Maurice Brownjohn

Maurice Brownjohn

Commercial Manager - Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Office


Maurice Brownjohn OBE, is well known in the Asia – pacific tuna fisheries circles. Coming from UK fishing industry, he moved to PNG in 1981, working in mainly in the private sector Including pioneering the domestic tuna longline fishery and establishing and leading the PNG fishing industry association 1991 to 2009. This leadership includes supporting the development of the major onshore tuna processing sectors as seen in PNG today. A proud citizen of PNG since 1989, owning several family businesses in the fishery sector and key advisor to both industry and government boards for the last 28 years on domestic and international fisheries issues. In 1998, Maurice was recognised for services to the PNG fishery sector with the award of a OBE by Her Majesty the Queen. Maurice has, since January 2010, been the Commercial Manager to the Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Office, based in Majuro, RMI, this role includes fostering commercial interests of the 8 small island nations including PNG, in participation in the multi billion dollar tuna fishery based in their vast waters. A fishery resource critically important to many APEC economies. One of the many regional ventures is the promotion of MSC co-branded “Pacifical” products now seen in stores globally, this linking the retail tuna trade back to the peoples of the PNA region. After 38 years at the forefront of fishery development in PNG and the PNA region, the domestic sector continues to see exponential growth, but there needs be more domestic participation and investment in the pacific regionally, and strategic alliances fostered between resource rich island nations and the more industrialised economies in the sustainable harvesting and processing of the world’s largest and healthiest wild tuna resource. Note: Parties to Nauru Agreement [PNA] are : Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. The Territory of Tokelau also works with PNA.

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