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About SPC's Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP)

The Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP) is one of two programmes that make up the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystem (FAME) Division of SPC, the other one being the Oceanic Fisheries Programme. The CFP’s goal is: “coastal fisheries, nearshore fisheries and aquaculture in Pacific Island Countries and Territories are managed and developed sustainably”. The CFP is made up of three sections: Aquaculture, Nearshore Fisheries Development and Coastal Fisheries Science and Management.

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SPC Fisheries Newsletter #154

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This picture was taken in Papua New Guinea. The fisherman is coming ashore on a bay that is managed by two communities with the guidance of two older brothers and their middle-aged sons. One of the sons had been exposed to conservation methods from elsewhere and started advocating for using such methods 10 years ago, after a flood wiped out a village. The man was certain that the flooding was due to mangrove cutting in the watershed. He convinced the communities to implement a series of taboos on mangrove cutting and fishing within 30% of the bay. The communities also decided to set up a mangrove nursery – they have been planting mangrove seedlings – and to control how many people can fish and which types of fishing gear can be used.

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Tonga marine aquarium

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The Marine Aquarium Management Plan 2017–2019 guides the management of Tonga’s marine aquarium fish fishery, and identifies objectives for the fishery and strategies to achieving those objectives.
The marine aquarium fishery in Tonga has existed for over 25 years, providing both economic and social benefits in terms of trade and jobs for Tongans. Marine aquarium fish include small ornamental (inedible) fish, corals, invertebrates and live rocks,
all of which occur almost exclusively within Tonga’s inshore and surrounding reefs.

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Tonga national strategy on aquatic biosecurity

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The aquaculture sector is fast growing and will become an important activity for local communities. In Tonga, aquaculture is nowadays seen as a valid alternative income generating activity and as a way to decrease fishing pressure on wild fish stocks. In order to achieve a sustainable development of the aquaculture sector, it is a clear priority for Tonga to make sure that farmed species are healthy and free from relevant aquatic diseases and pests. The present National Strategy will provide the overarching framework for a better management of biological risks on aquatic environments. It provides a basis for communities, aquaculture farmers, enterprises, investors and government to work together to ensure that the strategy reaches its desired potential.

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The status of sea cucumbers in FSM

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Sea cucumbers have long been harvested in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. These resources have been targeted for subsistence use and commercial export to Asian markets. However, since 1991, a moratorium on commercial exploitation of sea cucumbers for the export market has been implemented to remedy the significant drop in stocks following, largely, unregulated commercial harvests after World War II. The moratorium was officially only interrupted once, in 2016, due to increasing pressure from a local exporter to capitalise on the sea cucumber resource. This report presents information regarding the status of sea cucumber stocks in 2017, and examines the capacity of the resource to undergo commercial harvesting.

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