Peilapalap, Pohnpei: April 11, 2023 – The Executive Director of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, also known as the Tuna Commission, Mrs. Rhea Moss-Christian paid a courtesy call on Governor Reed B. Oliver. The visit was the first official meeting between Governor Oliver and Executive Director Moss-Christian since she took over the helm of the Tuna Commission in March of 2023.
Rhea Moss-Christian is the first female Executive Director of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and was also the first woman to chair the Pacific Tuna Commission, a body that brings together all the big fishing nations from Europe, Asia, and North America with developing Pacific nations. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission is a regional fisheries management organization, with its Secretariat based in Pohnpei, responsible for the world’s largest tuna fishery, accounting for approximately 60 percent of the global tuna catch.
During their brief meeting, Executive Director Moss-Christian thanked Governor Oliver and the Pohnpei State Government for their support and assistance over the years and pledged to continue to be good neighbors. They discussed areas of mutual interest and concern, concluding with Governor Oliver on behalf of the Pohnpei State Government, expressing his gratitude for the courtesy call, and reaffirming assistance and support for the Tuna Commission.
Joining Executive Director Moss-Christian were Finance and Facilities Manager Aaron Nighswander and Executive Assistant Arlene Takesy.