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.


Marshall Islands sea cucumber fishery management plan


The Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) just published their Sea Cucumber Fishery Plan, in order to provide ecologically sustainable development and to establish an effective, conducive and enforceable management structure for the Marshall Islands sea cucumber fishery.

The objectives are to:

  1. ensure that the sea cucumber fishery is sustainable and the sea cucumber fishery has minimal impact on the marine and coastal environments; and
  2. maximize economic returns from the fishery, ensuring that the sea cucumber fishery benefits communities.

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Training on alternative fishing methods in Palau


SPC recently conducted a two-week training workshop in Ngarchelong on fishing methods currently not being commonly done in Palau. SPC brought Mr. John Uriao, a fisherman from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, to show fishermen from Ngarchelong and Kayangel how to catch flying fish, locally known as “kok”. 

Cruising outside the reef at night, a fisherman uses high-powered light source mounted on a helmet to catch flying fish swimming near the surface, using a scoop net with an extra long handle.

The training included sessions on building the necessary equipment and nightly fishing trips. Two two-hour fishing trip yielded an average of 80 fish.


SPC Fisheries Newsletter #143


The number of active tuna fisheries observers in the Pacific islands region has been well over 400 per year since 2010, and keeps increasing. This is a direct consequence of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s Conservation and Management Measure 2008–01, which prescribes 100% observer coverage of purse-seine vessels operating in the region. For an outside viewer it seems that all that needs to be done to achieve this goal is to hire people with a basic knowledge of what a fish looks like and send them on fishing cruises to record what they see. Piece of cake, right?

Not surprisingly, reality is quite different.


Exploratory squid fishing in Fiji waters, a success


The so-called ‘giant squid’, in fact scientifically known as Thysanoteuthis rhombus or diamond-back squid, is a large squid species growing to 100 cm in mantle length and a maximum weight of 30 kg. The species occurs worldwide, throughout tropical and subtropical waters, but because of the depths at which it lives, only few Pacific Island fishermen have seen it.

Commercially fished in the Sea of Japan and Okinawa, it represents a species of interest for countries wishing to diversify their coastal fisheries. Following successful exploratory fishing trials in New Caledonia (2012) and the Cook Islands (2013), SPC and the Fiji Fisheries Division undertook similar trials in Fiji waters, early in July 2014...


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