Number 112 (January–March 2006)

Produced by the Information Section, Marine Resources Division, SPC, B.P. D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia. Fax: (687) 263818.

Produced with financial assistance from France, Australia and New Zealand



Too often we read about Pacific Island fishermen being lost at sea. Like road safety programmes, there are no quick solutions to reducing the loss of life at sea. It is also difficult to estimate the extent of the problem as most countries in the region don't keep statistics of small boat accidents. SPC and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations have been working closely together to improve the safety of small boats. One way is to increase awareness of sea safety through training programmes. Political will is essential for developing long-term national strategies to enhance sea safety for small vessels.


Jean-Paul Gaudechoux
Fisheries Information Adviser


In this issue

  Reef Fisheries Observatory

• Preliminary findings: A snapshot of the condition of coral reefs in Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Tonga and Vanuatu from 2002-2004

  Fisheries Development Section

• Finalising field reports for Tuvalu and Papua New Guinea
• Manual and booklet being drafted
• Technical assistance to Nauru

  Training Section

• Small fishing business management course offered at Vanuatu Maritime College
• SPC bycatch materials reach Indonesian fishermen
• Fisheries HRD planning in Nauru

  Aquaculture Section

• Sustainable aquaculture in Pacific Islands region and northern Australia
• 16th NACA Governing Council Meeting

  From lobster flock to lobster feast
  Scientists discover how fish evolved to float at different sea depths
  A great leap upstream for fish farmers
  Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific
  FADBase and future directions for ecological studies of FAD-associated fish , Tim Dempster & Marc Taquet (pdf: )
  SPC training boosts Fiji's fry productionWhat do tuna eat? A tuna diet study, Valérie Allain (pdf: )
  Small boat sea safety in the Pacific , Marc Smaalders (pdf: )
  FAD research project: Final results on mooring designs, aggregators and costs , Lindsay Chapman, Ian Bertram & Brendon Pasisi (pdf: )
  Final stages of WorldFish-SPC sea cucumber project , Steve Purcell (pdf: )
  Monoculture of the native freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium lar in Vanuatu, and integrated with taro in Wallis and Futuna , Satya Nandlal (pdf: )

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