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.


The status of sea cucumbers in FSM


Sea cucumbers have long been harvested in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. These resources have been targeted for subsistence use and commercial export to Asian markets. However, since 1991, a moratorium on commercial exploitation of sea cucumbers for the export market has been implemented to remedy the significant drop in stocks following, largely, unregulated commercial harvests after World War II. The moratorium was officially only interrupted once, in 2016, due to increasing pressure from a local exporter to capitalise on the sea cucumber resource. This report presents information regarding the status of sea cucumber stocks in 2017, and examines the capacity of the resource to undergo commercial harvesting.



SPC Fisheries Newsletter #153


In 2016, scientists from the Pacific Community estimated that bigeye tuna stocks in the western and central Pacific were ‘overfished and overfishing was still occurring’. In 2017, according to the latest assessment that was undertaken by the same group of scientists: ‘bigeye tuna stock is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring’. Nature can be generous, but such a rapid change in the assessment cannot only be due to good fortune and it requires further explanation. John Hampton, SPC Chief Scientist (Oceanic Fisheries), explains the situation in detail in his excellent article ‘What is going on with bigeye tuna?’


Tonga national strategy on aquatic biosecurity


The aquaculture sector is fast growing and will become an important activity for local communities. In Tonga, aquaculture is nowadays seen as a valid alternative income generating activity and as a way to decrease fishing pressure on wild fish stocks. In order to achieve a sustainable development of the aquaculture sector, it is a clear priority for Tonga to make sure that farmed species are healthy and free from relevant aquatic diseases and pests. The present National Strategy will provide the overarching framework for a better management of biological risks on aquatic environments. It provides a basis for communities, aquaculture farmers, enterprises, investors and government to work together to ensure that the strategy reaches its desired potential.



1st SPC Regional Technical Meeting on Coastal Fisheries (28 Nov–1 Dec 2017)


The first SPC RTMCF meeting has been arranged to address some specific outcomes as agreed by representatives at the Tenth Heads of Fisheries Meeting held in Noumea in March 2017. It also links back to the New Song and the direction set out in this document, as well as assisting with providing the much needed information for reporting to Leaders under the annual Coastal Fisheries Report Card. Again, the overarching theme is to address the data shortages in coastal fisheries in support of better resource management.


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