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.


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.


SPC Fisheries Newsletter #143


The number of active tuna fisheries observers in the Pacific islands region has been well over 400 per year since 2010, and keeps increasing. This is a direct consequence of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s Conservation and Management Measure 2008–01, which prescribes 100% observer coverage of purse-seine vessels operating in the region. For an outside viewer it seems that all that needs to be done to achieve this goal is to hire people with a basic knowledge of what a fish looks like and send them on fishing cruises to record what they see. Piece of cake, right?

Not surprisingly, reality is quite different.


Assessing tropical marine invertebrates: a manual for Pacific Island resource managers


Invertebrate manual cover

This manual adopts a simplistic approach by beginning with a clear management question, followed by a discussion of survey design and selection of fisheries-independent survey methodologies to use, and the basic analytical techniques for indicating stock health.

This manual does not make suggestions on ‘how to manage’, but focuses on how to attain a useful and repeatable measure of resource stock condition for the sustainable management of invertebrate resources.




Sea cucumber survey reports for Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands



Sea cucumber production in Solomon Islands has been declining since the 1990s when production levels were high.

Fishing for sea cucumber is an old fishery in Vanuatu but for many years the fishery and resources have not been monitored effectively.

These reports present an analysis of the current state of the sea cucumber fishery and resources in the Solomon Islands and in Vanuatu, based on the results of resources surveys and export information. The reports also present several recommendations on measures needed to ensure sustainability of sea cucumber fisheries in these two countries.

Downloads: Vanuatu (pdf: 3.2 Mb); Solomon Islands (pdf: 2.7 Mb)

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