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.


SPC Fisheries Newsletter #144


The table of contents for this issue reveals a theme that is very common to fisheries: a mix of hope and worry. Most articles fall into the hope category, and are related to development, with titles including words such as “new”, “improved”, “successful”, “creating”, “promising” and “project”. But other article titles make use of words such as “burning”, “yellow card”, “microplastics” and “hot issues”, a reminder that fisheries stories are not all good news.

These articles reflect a challenge that government bodies and agencies involved in fisheries constantly face: finding the right balance between development and management efforts...


Women in Fisheries #25


In the first article, Moses Amos, the new Director of SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division, outlines his vision for women in fisheries. As FAME’s leader, he has opportunities to provide a platform both for discussion of gender issues in fisheries and aquaculture and for development of new initiatives.

In the second article, Meryl Williams reviews work done at SPC during the last 25 years on women in fisheries. Her article, “Twenty-five issues of the Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin: The story within the story of 25 years of women in fisheries at SPC”, highlights the origins and progress of the Bulletin and the support given by SPC and donors...


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.


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