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 #142
In the Pacific Islands region, domestic tuna fleets targeting albacore are in trouble and many boats are at anchor because of low catches and lack of profitability. In 2012, scientific studies, based on data collected through 2010, showed that South Pacific albacore stocks were healthy and the level of fishing sustainable. But, as Graham Pilling explains in one of this isue's articles, there was one more essential component in the conclusions of this assessment: “despite the health of the albacore population, any increase in catches (even within sustainable levels) is predicted to have a significant impact on the catch rates in the longline fishery.”
New training video on sport fishing and catch handling
Thrill seekers, especially those interested in sport fishing, will enjoy this new training video that was produced by the Nearshore Fisheries Development Section.
Filmed and produced in New Caledonia, with funding assistance from the New Zealand Aid Programme, this 17 minute long video uses beautiful images and scenery to provide information on safe fishing and best catch and release practises.
The video is designed to be of interest to a wide audience, including Sunday recreational fishers but also apprentice and experienced guides who are involved in sport fishing-based tourism.
Watch the video...
New aquaculture fact sheets on marine food fish and corals
Most tropical food fish have higher growth rates than temperate fish species, reaching commercial size much faster. There is a growing demand for marine food fish in all Pacific Island countries, and the supply usually does not meet this demand.The fact sheet summarises available information.
Hard corals, soft corals, corallimorphs and non-photosynthetic corals can all be cultured. In fact, nearly all corals can be farmed following some very basic techniques, as explained in the second fact sheet.
Download the PDFs (Marine food fish (1.5 Mb) & Corals: (1.5 Mb))
Country reports on invertebrate resources
One of the objectives of the EU funded-SciCOFish project is to provide “assessment and management recommendations for coastal fisheries”. In line with this objective, SPC has just produced three national reports on the status of sea cucumber resources in the Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoa.
Sea cucumber fisheries throughout the region have experienced periods of booming production and high revenue followed by periods of low production, primarily due to no or few fishery management strategies.