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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 small-scale vessel registration system for PICTs

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A new publication summarises the findings of a two-month consultancy on small-scale fishing vessel (ssfv) registration in PICTs. SSFVs are recognised as major contributors to national food security and improving the availability of such information is an important goal. Registration can also help guide policy on food security, improve artisanal fisheries management, and gain better support and recognition for the fishers themselves. The report outlines the challenges and documents many of the current systems. One of the main recommendations is the need for the different national sectors (fisheries, transport, sea-safety) to work together. It is hoped that this publication will help stimulate discussions between the relevant groups.

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Fisheries Newsletter #149

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The first article refers to data collection being a major challenge for fisheries officers in Pacific Island countries, especially in remote outer islands. Noting the rapid increase in Internet availability throughout the region, SPC has addressed the issue of data collection through the development of a new mobile phone and tablet application that will facilitate the collection of data from small-scale fishers, and ease the transfer of this information from outer islands to central fisheries offices. This new app will also reduce the time lag between data collection and data processing, which is critical for proper and timely assessments of fish stocks...

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Fisheries in the economies of Pacific Island countries and territories

 

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This book contains a fisheries-oriented discussion of macroeconomics, country information on specific topics (fisheries production, contribution to GDP, etc.), a discussion of important topics across all countries (e.g. the regional significance of fisheries access fees and exports of fishery products), some important features of the benefits from fisheries that have emerged from this study, and recommendations on improving the measurement of fisheries benefits and assuring the continuity of those benefits. It provides a new baseline for assessing the value of fisheries to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs)...

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Live Reef Fish Information Bulletin #21

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The first article, by Gregg Yan, looks at the international trade in marine ornamental fish and recommends ways to shift the trade to hardy species and from wild to cultured products. In the next article, Nicole Herz and colleagues focus on one of the problems highlighted by Yan – the widespread use and ill effects of cyanide to capture fish, and they reveal the difficulties in developing a cost-effective method of detecting whether live fish were caught with cyanide. In Gregg Yan’s second contribution, he focuses on the outsized role of the leopard coral trout in the region’s live reef food fish trade.

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