The Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) programme is a partnership between New Zealand and Solomon Islands. It is implemented by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), with support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). The partnership arrangement signed in 2009 noted that New Zealand’s support is expected to continue until at least 2018.
The goal of MSSIF is ‘the sustainable development and management of fisheries resources to ensure long-term benefits for the people of Solomon Islands’. To achieve this goal, the objective of MSSIF is ‘to strengthen the capacity of Solomon Islands fisheries sector to achieve improved livelihood, food security, and economic benefits’. Key focus areas include offshore fisheries development, inshore fisheries development and institutional capacity development (CD).