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.


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.


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?’


Waterproof ID cards for Samoa marine reserves


Marine reserves are an important tool for fisheries management in Samoa. They are also used for the devolpment of ecotourism activities on the islands. To facilitate the identification of marine species in these reserves, Samoa Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has developed waterproof ID cards, with the assistance of FAO and SPC, which will used in educational and awareness raising activities.

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The status of sea cucumbers at Pohnpei Island and Ant Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, in 2017



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. While subsistence fishing for sea cucumbers has always been legal (only valid for a handful of species that are excluded from commercial export: curryfish, sandfish, brown curryfish, dragonfish, red and grey impatient sea cucumbers), the moratorium was officially only interrupted once, in 2016, due to increasing pressure from a local exporter to capitalise on the sea cucumber resource. However, the lack of scientific evidence of recovered stocks and lack of a management plan was highly criticised and led to the re-closure of the fishery until these issues were addressed. This report presents information regarding the status of sea cucumber stocks in 2017, and examines the capacity of the resource to undergo commercial harvesting. 


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