Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority
What we do?
The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA), a component unit of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RepMar), was created under Public Law 1997-60, the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Act of 1997. This legislation repealed Public Law 1988-12, the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority Act, 1988, and transferred all assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of the former Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (established under Public Law 1988-12) to MIMRA, effective October 2, 1997. MIMRA’s principal line of business is to facilitate the sustainable and responsible use of the marine resources in the Marshall Islands. Access to the fishery waters of the Marshall Islands, including transshipment related activities, is granted by MIMRA to foreign and domestic-based fishing vessels through an access agreement, for which certain fees and licenses are levied.
MIMRA is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, including three members consisting of the Minister of Resources and Development, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General and four members appointed by the President of RepMar.
MIMRA is exposed to various risks of loss related to torts; theft of, damage to, and destruction of assets; errors and comissions; injuries to employees; and natural disasters. MIMRA has elected to purchase commercial insurance from independent third parties for the risks of loss to which it is exposed. Settled claims from these risks have not exceeded commercial insurance coverage for the past three years.
On May 1, 2005, MIMRA entered into a joint venture agreement with Koo’s Fishing Company, Ltd. (KFC) to form the Marshall Islands Fishing Company (MIFCO), an ongoing association for the purpose of engaging in the purse seine fishing business. The association was formally organized during fiscal year 2006 with the purchase of the vessel, RMI201. MIMRA and KFC’s contributed capital at the time was $2,940,000 and $3,060,000, respectively, which represented a 49% and 51% interest, respectively, of the vessel’s value of $6,000,000. The parties agreed that MIMRA’s contribution to working capital will be provided by KFC and shall be classified as a liability due to the joint venture with interest of 3% per annum. For the first two years of operations, 100% of MIMRA’s profit share was used to retire this liability; thereafter, it was reduced to 50% of MIMRA’s profit share.
Activities and Programs
National Oceans Symposium
The National Oceans Symposium (NOS) will gather stakeholders from all levels of government and civil society to inform the National Leadership on priorities, key areas of concern, and desired outcomes arising from RMI's participation in global forums on ocean-related issues.Read More...
Support from IAEA
"The dispersion of radioactive contamination from Fukushima through the air and by ocean currents highlighted the need to develop a radiological assessment capacity in the Marshall Islands."Read More...
Commercial catch data in the RMI EEZ in 2015
Catch tonnage declined for all three types of commercial fishing gear used in the Matshall Islands' EEZ. The catch was just over 30,000 tons in 2015 compared to over 80,000 tons in 2014. This reflected, in part, tuna migration patters that were affected by the El Niño weather phenomenon.Read More...
Lessons learned at Arno, Likiep clam farm facilities
The Coastal Fisheries Division performed extensive rehabilitation on two of its hatcheries so that they were returned to its full operation. Raceway tanks were repaired, saltwater pumps installed, and a total of four sessions of successful artificial spawning of Tridacna Maxima have been carried out with production ranging from five-to-ten million fertilized eggs per tank. Though results from each spawning session produced a substantial number of fetilized eggs, high mortality rate has been an ongoing issue.Read More...
MIMRA partnered with the College of the Marshall Islands and the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant Program to conduct an underwater assessment of the condition of Majuro's sewage outfall and wastewater line and what impact it is having on the marine environment in the area. The outfall and wastewater line and the reef slope beyond the outfall were assessed. Spot check photos and a video transect were done. The survey showed that one section of the wastewater line in the shallows was missing and other sections bearing holes from corrosion, abrasion, and impact damage.Read More...
The Coastal management Advisory Council (CMAC) was formed in 2000 to facilitate cooperation among organizations involved in both marine and terrestrial resource management.Read More...