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.


Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin #36


This 36th issue has 13 original articles relating to the biodiversity of sea cucumbers in various areas of the western Indo-Pacific, aspects of their biology, and methods to better study and rear them. We open this issue with an article from Steven Purcell and coworkers on the opportunity of using rotational zoning systems to manage multispecies sea cucumber fisheries. These systems are used, with mixed results, in developed countries for single-species fisheries but have not been tested for small-scale fisheries in the Pacific Island countries and other developing areas.

The four articles that follow, deal with biodiversity...


Fishes of Tuvalu and Tokelau - A new book


The new book ‘Te Ika o Tuvalu mo Tokelau: Fishes of Tuvalu and Tokelau’ is a compilation of finfish names from the neighbouring Polynesian atoll nations of Tuvalu and Tokelau – nations that share many cultural traits, including their boating, navigation and fishing traditions, their languages and knowledge of and dependence on fish, fishing and the Pacific Ocean. As Huntsman and Hooper (1996:22–23) stress in ‘Tokelau: An historical ethnography’: "In Tokelau everyone is interested, if not obsessed, with fishing, from children just old enough to play in shallows around the village overturning rocks to collect gobies and other small fishes, right through to the oldest and most infirm men – repositories, many of them, of arcane knowledge and fishing lore – who totter to the shore to welcome fishing parties and hear the latest fishing news…"

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SPC Fisheries Newsletter #148


On Asian markets, the difference in price between a well processed and a badly processed sea cucumber (beche-de-mer), can be 5–10 fold. With sea cucumber stocks rapidly declining, it is important that fishers receive the highest possible financial return from the limited number of animals they are able or authorised to catch. In their article, Ram and coauthors describe a processing technique for two high-value species in Fiji that results in high-end products. The authors believe that fishers who need fewer sea cucumbers to make the same income should be more inclined to comply with management measures (e.g. quotas or closed seasons) that are implemented to release pressure on wild stocks.


Development of a harvest strategy for resource-limited deepwater snapper fisheries


Deepwater snapper are an important resource for many Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs). Fisheries for deepwater snapper supply domestic and export markets, acting as both a food source and economic commodity. However, a lack of formalised harvest policies for deepwater snapper stocks has resulted in ad-hoc management in many countries. Within Tonga, the deepwater snapper fishery is the second largest fisheries export behind tuna.


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