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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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A new fact sheet and a report related to aquarium fish resources

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Marine aquarium fish fisheries are based on the hand-collection of small, colourful marine fish that are exported live to markets throughout the world to be kept in aquariums. While there may be some overlap with food fisheries, the majority of species collected are not utilised for food. Pacific Island countries and territories that are members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community all have this fishery resource, with significant variations in the diversity and abundance of species of interest. Many currently exploit this resource for foreign revenue, employment, and other economic benefits.

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Creel survey and demographic assessments of coastal finfish fisheries of southern Palau: September 2014

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In 2013 The Nature Conservancy and Palau’s Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR) requested assistance from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Coastal Fisheries Programme in training fisheries officers and state rangers to carry out creel surveys and finfish biological sampling, and in establishing baseline data on the status of the coastal finfish resources of southern Palau from these methods. The training took place in September 2014 and involved four BMR staff and five state rangers. In this report we present the results of data collected during the training. We also provide recommendations for management, monitoring and future research on the coastal finfish resources of Palau, based on the results and observations of the survey team during the training.

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Three new management plans for Vanuatu

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The Vanuatu Fisheries Department, in collaboration with FFA and SPC, prepared three new management plans related to sharks, tuna fishery and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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SPC Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin #35


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This edition contains four contributions. The first, “Local benefits of community-based management: Using small managed areas to rebuild and sustain some coastal fisheries”, by Glenn Almany and three co-authors, begins by discussing the scientific evidence that underpins the theory that marine reserves can play an important role in precautionary fisheries management. Marine reserves are then discussed in a western Pacific context, highlighting some costs and benefits that coastal communities may consider when establishing one on their traditional fishing grounds...

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