Prawn farming in New Caledonia
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 16:10

Click here to download a very informative articl eon shrimp farming in New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s second largest export industry after nickel is prawn farming, which has been in existence for over 30 years. With its XPF 1.5 billion turnover in 2008, and 500-strong workforce, it is a significant source of employment and income for the territory’s rural population. After consistent growth up until 2005, the industry suffered considerable production and export setbacks following biological issues aggravated by a shortage of post-larvae. Although it has been in recession for several years now, it still has room for action as well as development potential in terms of production sites and farm expansion. Despite being heavily dependent on government subsidies, prawn farming has contributed to economic decentralisation and is one of the territory’s major development sectors.

A successful first harvest from milkfish aquaculture project in Fiji
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 15:48

By This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (SPC Inland Aquaculture Officer)


Following up on an earlier report in Fisheries Newsletter #132 about a new community-level milkfish aquaculture project for food security in Fiji, we now report on the successful harvest of milkfish from the project’s first pond cycle on 23 December 2010, just in time for Christmas.


The Vitawa Aquaculture Development Project at Vitawa Village in Ra Province was launched in March 2010 as a collaboration among the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Fiji’s Department of Fisheries, and the Vitawa Village community.

A successful conference on sustainable aquaculture in tropical islands: Tahiti Aquaculture 2010
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 15:35

Over 200 participants from the Pacific, Asia, Americas, Europe and French Overseas Departments and Territories attended a week-long conference on aquaculture in Papeete, Tahiti from 6–11 December 2010. The conference was officially opened by His Excellency Gaston Tong Sang, President of French Polynesia.

Delegates came from several Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), including the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga. The French territories were well represented through participation from Guadeloupe, La Réunion, Mayotte, Martinique, New Caledonia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, and the host country French Polynesia.

Asia-Pacific Tropical Sea Cucumber Symposium
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 15:48

Please click here to download the meeting documents for the sea cucumber symposium that took place in February in Nouméa.


Meeting announcement:

We announce the intention of SPC and Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to jointly hold the 'Asia-Pacific Tropical Sea Cucumber Symposium' on 14-17 February 2011, hosted at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia, to review the current global technical status, and consequent policy implications for PICTs, of emerging aquaculture practices and release strategies for sea cucumber (with particular emphasis upon Sandfish Holothuria scabra).

A change at the helm of the Aquaculture Section
Monday, 22 November 2010 10:44

SPC bids farewell to Mr Ben Ponia, who was the Aquaculture Adviser for almost nine years and with the support of his staff, put aquaculture back on the map in the Pacific in a positive light. Ben was also able to compile the most accurate statistics on aquaculture production for the Pacific over the period 1998–2007 (Ponia 2010). Ben left SPC to take up the position of Secretary of Marine Resources in the Cook Islands. All staff in the Coastal Fisheries Programme wish Ben well for the future in his new role, and all look forward to working with him and his staff in the future.


Ben’s replacement, Mr Robert Jimmy from Vanuatu, is no stranger to many fisheries people in the Pacific. Robert was the Director of Fisheries in Vanuatu for three years, and prior to this was the Head of the Coastal Science and Aquaculture Section. Robert has a Masters degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries as well as years of experience working in the aquaculture field. The Coastal Fisheries programme staff welcome Robert on board and look forward to working with him as he continues to take aquaculture in the Pacific forward.

Regional workshop on CITES non-detrimental findings for marine-listed species
Friday, 19 November 2010 12:02

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Hundreds of species from the Pacific are listed under CITES (hard corals account for most of those) and are commonly traded from over 10 countries in the region. The CITES-listed species most commonly traded from the Pacific are stony corals and giant clams. These species are exported live for the aquarium trade[1] and dead (or shells) for the curio trade, and form the basis of commercial activities that generate revenues in both rural and urban areas.

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