Fisheries ministers from around the region have appointed Manu matavai Tupou-Roosen as the next director general of the Forum Fisheries Agency.

She will be the first woman to hold the position when she takes it up in November.

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, said she was "very proud that a daughter of the Blue Pacific had been appointed director general".

Dame Meg said the Tongan lawyer, who has been working as the agency's legal counsel, brings great knowledge and experience to an important leadership role for one of the most important resources in the region.