Graduates

Dr Transform AQORAU  

Biography

My research was into the implementation of the fisheries provisions of the law of the sea convention by the Pacific Islands States. This involved examining the fisheries provisions of the Law of the Sea Convention and the UN Fish Stocks and evaluating the implementation of those provisions by the Pacific Island States. 

I am currently CEO of the PNA Office based in the Marshall Islands. I was previously Legal Adviser and Acting Deputy Secretary in the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legal Advisor of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat based in Fiji, and Legal Officer, Legal Counsel and Deputy Director of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency based in Solomon Islands.  

Current Position:

CEO Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Office, Majuro, Marshall Islands

Administrator PNA Purse Seine Vessel Day Scheme

Administrator PNA Longline Vessel Day Scheme

Administrator FSM Arrangement for Regional Access

Senior Visiting Fellow ANCORS

Member World Bank Blue Ribbon Panel  

PhD Title:

Analysis of the Responses of the Pacific Islands States’ to the Fisheries Provisions of the Law of the Sea Convention 

PhD Supervisor:

Professor Martin Tsamenyi, Director Emeritus and Professor at ANCORS

Selected Publications:

Aqorau T., “Recent Developments in Pacific Tuna Fisheries: the Palau Arrangement and the Vessel Day Scheme”, The International Journal of Coastal and Marine Law, Vol 24, (2009), pp. 601-625 

Langley A., Wright A., Hurry G., Hampton J., Aqorau T., & Rodwell L., “Slow Steps Towards the Management of the World’s Largest Tuna Fishery”, Marine Policy Vol. 33(2), 2009, pp. 271-279 

Aqorau T., “Politics: Some Issues for Tuna Management in 2010”, Island Business, Suva, January 2010. 

Aqorau T., Development and Governance Challenges of a Small Island State: The Reflections of a Solomon Islander, Shanghai, China, March 2012, 277 pp. 

Aqorau, T., “Reshaping International Fisheries Development: Assimilating the Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the United States under the PNA Vessel Day Scheme (VDS)”, International Journal of Coastal and Marine Law, 29 (2014) 1-25 

Aqorau T., “The Evolution of International Fisheries Law in the Island Nations of the Pacific: The Quest for Control”, Liber Amicorum Satya N. Nandan, University of Virginia Law School, 2014. 

Aqorau. T., “Challenges Facing the Region’s Fisheries: What sort of year will 2014 be?”, Islands Business, Suva, (January 2014) 

Conference papers 

Aqorau T., PNA and the Treaty – Benefits and Costs: A Strategic Approach to Islandization and Commercialization Proposals, Paper prepared for the 30th Special Meeting of the PNA, 6-10 September, 2010  SPNA30 Working Paper 9B, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2010) 

Aqorau T., & Clark L., Treaty Implications on the Vessel Day Scheme and PNA Conservation Measures, Paper prepared for the 31st Special Meeting of the PNA, SPNA31 Working Paper 10, 22-26 November 2010, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNAO Office, 2010). 

Aqorau T., PNA FAD Monitoring Concept, Paper prepared for the 31st Special Meeting of the PNA, SPNA31 Working Paper 13, 22-26 November 2010, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNAO Office, 2010). 

Aqorau T., PNA Crewing Programme, Paper prepared for the 31st Special Meeting of the PNA, SPNA31 Working Paper 12, 22-26 November 2010, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNAO Office, 2010). 

Aqorau T., Update on the PNA Office, Paper prepared for the 31st Special Meeting of the PNA, SPNA31 Working Paper 1, 22-26 November 2010, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNAO Office, 2010). 

Aqorau T., Annual Report of the PNA Office, PNA30 Working Paper 1, 2-14 April, Funafuti, Tuvalu, (Majuro, PNA office, 2011) 

Aqorau T., Prohibition of Bunkering at Sea, Paper prepared for the 30th Annual Meeting of the PNA, PNA30 Working Paper 11, 2-14 April, 2011, Funafuti, Tuvalu, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2011) 

Aqorau T., PNA Crewing, Paper prepared for the 30th Annual Meeting of the PNA, PNA30 Working Paper 21, 2-14 April, 2011, Funafuti, Tuvalu,, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2011) 

Aqorau T., PNA Observer Agency, Paper prepared for the 30th Annual Meeting of the PNA, PNA30 Working Paper 14, 2-14 April, 2011, Funafuti, Tuvalu,, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2011) 

Aqorau T., VDS Fisheries Information and Management Systems, Paper prepared for the 30th Annual Meeting of the PNA, PNA30 Working Paper 9, 2-14 April, 2011, Funafuti, Tuvalu,, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2011) 

Aqorau T., Review of CMM 2008-01 and Additional Conservation and Management Measures, Paper prepared for the 30th Annual Meeting of the PNA, PNA30 Working Paper 10, 2-14 April, 2011, Funafuti, Tuvalu,, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2011) 

Aqorau T., Capacity Limits – Marshall Islands Proposal, Paper prepared for the 30th Annual Meeting of the PNA, PNA30 Working Paper 12, 2-14 April, 2011, Funafuti, Tuvalu,, Majuro, Marshall Islands, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2011) 

Aqorau T, Impact of PNA Measures on the Global Tuna Industry: Shape up or Ship out!, Paper presented at the 3rd Pacific Tuna Forum, 5-6 September, 2011, Koror, Palau 

Aqorau, T, Annual Report of the PNAO, PNA31 Working Paper 1, Alotau, Papua New Guinea, May 2012, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2012) 

Aqorau., T, Review of Implementation of PNA Measures, PNA31 Working Paper 9, Alotau, Papua New Guinea, May 2012, (Majuro: PNAO Office, 2012) 

Aqorau T, Strategic Opportunities for PNA – WCPFC and PNA Measures, PNA31 Working Paper 10, Alotau, Papua New Guinea, May 2012, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2012) 

Aqorau T., PNA Observer Agency, PNA31 Working Paper 6, Alotau, Papua New Guinea, May 2012, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2012). 

Aqorau, T. , Impact of PNA Measures on Global Tuna Markets: Managing Production or Creating Scarcity, Opportunities for Strategic Partnerships, May 2012, INFOFISH Conference, Bangkok 

Aqorau T., Annual Report of the CEO to the Parties to the Nauru Agreement for Financial Year 2012,  PNA32 Working Paper 1, Koror, Palau, February 2013, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2013) 

Aqorau T., Purse Seine Capacity Measure – PNA Purse Seine Sponsorship Scheme, PNA32 Working Paper C(V), Koror, Palau, February 2013, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2013) 

Aqorau T., Annual Report of the CEO to the Parties to the Nauru Agreement for Financial Year 2013, PNA33 Working Paper 1, Honiara, Solomon Islands, February 2014, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2014) 

Aqorau T., Financial Report for FY 2013 and Budget and Work Programme for PNA Office 2014, PNA33 Working Paper 2, Honiara, Solomon Islands, February 2014, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2014) 

Aqorau T, Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States and the Vessel Day Scheme 2015 and Beyond, PNA33 Working Paper 7, Honiara, Solomon Islands, February 2014, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2014) 

Aqorau T., Review of the Third Implementing Arrangements, PNA33 Working Paper 10, Honiara, Solomon Islands, February 2014, (Majuro: PNA Office, 2014)

Last reviewed: 30 March, 2015