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.
Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin #34
In the first paper, “Is community-based fisheries management realising multiple objectives? Examining evidence from the literature”, Philippa Cohen and her co-authors examine locally managed marine areas (LMMAs). They review the literature on LMMAs from throughout the Pacific Islands region to determine their effectiveness. The authors find that LMMAs are often used to improve the long-term sustainability of fisheries, but that they are also implemented to achieve seven other overarching and interlinked objectives...
Spin and casting fishing action in the far north of New Caledonia
A new 3-minute video clip to promote sport fishing in the pristine waters of New Caledonia's extreme north. SPC is promoting sport fishing tourism as an economic activity with good potential for remote places, where it is hard to make an income. Using catch and release techniques, this activity has almost no impact on the resource.
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Marine learning kits coming to the classroom
The kits were developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in partnership with the Cook Islands Ministry of Education and Ministry of Marine Resources.
During a handover ceremony on 24 October, Education and Marine Resources Minister Mona Ioane emphasised the importance of incorporating marine-related issues into the school curriculum for students of all ages.
“Making sure that our oceans and fisheries are healthy and sustainable into the future is crucial for all Cook Islanders,” he said. “Let’s teach our children why, and the role that they can play to conserve what we have for generations to come.”
Read Cook Islands News article and check out the Kit...
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...