Giff Johnson update on Marshall Islands | Pacific Beat

Giff Johnson update on Marshall Islands

Giff Johnson update on Marshall Islands

Updated 18 March 2013, 13:30 AEDT

For a look at what's making headlines in Marshall islands we're joined by the Editor of the Marshall Islands Journal Giff Johnson.

A Majuro-based long line fishing boat has had its fishing license suspended after it was caught with shark fins on board earlier this month by a police boarding party. The vessel is flagged in the Federated States of Micronesia and fishes locally through the Marshall Islands Fishing Venture, which is operated by Hong Kong-based Luen Thai Fishing Venture.

A US Congresswoman has introduced legislation to restore Medicaid insurance coverage for people from the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands living in the United States. The cost of covering health care services for Micronesians and Marshallese, most of whom do not have insurance coverage, has been a budget issue for the state government of Hawaii as well as some other states on the US mainland.

The first draft national water policy has gone to top Marshall Islands government leaders for review and endorsement. The plan has been prepared following public hearings in several islands.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Giff Johnson, Editor of the Marshall Islands' Journal

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