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 CFP helps to develop the capacities of member Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to assess, harvest, develop, manage and conserve their marine resources. It supports the sustainable development of the region’s fisheries at the subsistence, artisanal and small- and medium-scale commercial levels through the provision of assessment, development and management advice, technical assistance, and vocational and scientific training at national and regional levels, as well as the production and dissemination of relevant information.

The CFP’s work programme is developed annually based on the FAME Strategic Plan (2013–2016) and the evolving needs and priorities of PICTs. The work programme is implemented by the CFP’s professional staff and contracted consultants, with expertise in fishing technology, post-harvest, coastal fisheries science and management, aquaculture and planning.

The CFP collaborates with a range of partners across the region, including other regional and international organizations, NGOs, research or management institutions, the governments of PICTs through their Fisheries Departments, private sector, communities and other stakeholders in marine activities. Cross-cutting issues, such as food security and climate change are being addressed through a holistic approach where the CFP is a partner with other sections and programmes within the SPC as well as other external partners. CFP staff participate in all joint country strategy (JCS) missions to PICTs, so that the country’s coastal fisheries priorities are captured in the JCS documents, and then incorporated into the annual work plans of the CFP sections.

The CFP is funded through a mix of core funding (members assessed contributions), programme funding (Australia, France and New Zealand) and specific project funding through other donor sources including the European Union, AusAID, ACIAR, and the Government of New Caledonia, to name some of the main sources. The CPF appreciates the valued support of these governments and donor organizations.

For more information on the CFP, please contact Lindsay Chapman, Coastal Fisheries Programme Manager.

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