Ms Pamela Maru replaces former Secretary Ben Ponia who was Secretary since 2010. Ponia has worked for MMR for a total duration of 18 years beginning in 1988 as an Intern on a Government university scholarship.
Ms Maru is currently working as a Fisheries Management Adviser for the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) in Honiara, Solomon Islands, since 2012. She commenced her fisheries career in MMR which has covered all aspects of fisheries management, including both the national and regional context across both management and monitoring, control and surveillance. Ms Maru understands that there is a strong need to ensure that marine resources are managed to optimize its use in enhancing food security and improving the livelihoods of our people, and to identify and take advantage of opportunities to diversity the country’s economy and strengthening autonomy, whilst balancing our social, cultural and moral values. Ms Maru has a Bachelor of Science.