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 Information Bulletin #36


This issue contains three contributions. In the first article, “Diminishing sustainability of traditional fishing practices in Siquijor Island, central Philippines”, Abner A. Bucol, of Silliman University, describes changes in traditional fishing practices. The author, now a formally trained marine biologist, is also a local fisherman of Siquijor Island. As a result, this article is based on his own experiences and observations as a fisherman, supplemented by his recent interviews with local fishermen, combined with information that derives from formal marine science. The author suggests that full-time and authentic local fishermen, “who clearly possess rich indigenous ecological knowledge, should be involved and consulted (not just informed) in any conservation effort such as in setting up of a marine protected area.”


SPC FIsheries Address Book 2016


The SPC Fisheries Address Book includes more than 1,500 contacts related to fisheries, covering all Pacific Islands countries and territories, and 40+ other countries.

It also includes basic information about the 22 SPC Pacific Island member countries and territories: local hour, capital city, currency, official languages, population figures, and land and EEZ areas.

It is updated annually.





Beche-de-mer Information Bulletin #36


This 36th issue has 13 original articles relating to the biodiversity of sea cucumbers in various areas of the western Indo-Pacific, aspects of their biology, and methods to better study and rear them. We open this issue with an article from Steven Purcell and coworkers on the opportunity of using rotational zoning systems to manage multispecies sea cucumber fisheries. These systems are used, with mixed results, in developed countries for single-species fisheries but have not been tested for small-scale fisheries in the Pacific Island countries and other developing areas.

The four articles that follow, deal with biodiversity...


Fishes of Tuvalu and Tokelau - A new book


The new book ‘Te Ika o Tuvalu mo Tokelau: Fishes of Tuvalu and Tokelau’ is a compilation of finfish names from the neighbouring Polynesian atoll nations of Tuvalu and Tokelau – nations that share many cultural traits, including their boating, navigation and fishing traditions, their languages and knowledge of and dependence on fish, fishing and the Pacific Ocean. As Huntsman and Hooper (1996:22–23) stress in ‘Tokelau: An historical ethnography’: "In Tokelau everyone is interested, if not obsessed, with fishing, from children just old enough to play in shallows around the village overturning rocks to collect gobies and other small fishes, right through to the oldest and most infirm men – repositories, many of them, of arcane knowledge and fishing lore – who totter to the shore to welcome fishing parties and hear the latest fishing news…"

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