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.


Women in Fisheries Bulletin #26


The Women in Fisheries Bulletin highlights gender roles in coastal fisheries and development, and women’s fishing activities in urban and rural communities.  In the first paper, Nikita Gopal et al. conclude that there is an increasing awareness and interest in the area of gender research in aquaculture and fisheries. The body of research has grown and certain issues have become much clearer. There is also greater attention to gender integration in projects and, in particular, for projects to look at the gender dimension and its impacts. In addition, the number of practitioners in the field of gender in aquaculture and fisheries is increasing although gaps still exist and this needs to be addressed.


SPC Fisheries Newsletter #147


Tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean broke another record in 2014 with an estimated total catch of 2.86 million tonnes, which represents 60% of the global tuna production; but this is not sustainable for many of the target and non-target species.

At the same time, and at the other end of the fisheries spectrum, farmers dig holes by hand in their backyard to raise tilapia fish that will help them to put dietary protein on the family table. This type of aquaculture, which requires very basic technology and minimal financial investment, is slowly but steadily developing in our region.


Endorsed version of  "A new song for coastal fisheries" available online



"A new song for coastal fisheries – pathways to change: The Noumea strategy" was developed by participants at a regional workshop on the future of coastal/inshore fisheries management that was held in March 2015. The workshop brought together representatives from fisheries and environment departments in 22 SPC member countries; coastal communities; four agencies of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific; and non-governmental organisations. Resource people came from regional partner academic institutions and consultancy firms...

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Report on PICT fisheries agencies expenditure


The sustainability of inshore fisheries resources is of vital concern to the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) as they are fundamental to people's livelihood and food security in most small island communities. Inshore resources are under increasing threat from population growth and increasing commercialization and improving management of small-scale fisheries based on co-management approaches is recognized as a regional policy priority. The important role of community-based management has been established and it is timely to explore and clarify the role of government agencies in these co-management approaches.

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