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Project funded by The SciCOFish project provides a reliable and improved scientific basis for management and decision making in oceanic and coastal fisheries, giving P-ACP countries the means to develop efficient management measures, the skills to monitor their effectiveness, and some important tools to combat IUU fishing on the high seas.The SciCOFish project provides a reliable and improved scientific basis for management and decision making in oceanic and coastal fisheries, giving P-ACP countries the means to develop efficient management measures, the skills to monitor their effectiveness, and some important tools to combat IUU fishing on the high seas.

The oceanic activities provide scientific support for new tuna management initiatives adopted by P-ACPs at a critical time for conservation of the stocks, in particular, intensive observer training and enhancement of national fishing activity databases.The coastal activities are focused on projects combining an urgent resource management issue with a strong local capability to address the issue and maintain a long-term programme.



Partnership with SPC supports sustainable development of Solomon Islands tuna fisheries

TW_PurserJoint media release by Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and SPC.

 

In Honiara last week, Mike Batty, Director of SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, presented the findings of a six-month study on Solomon Islands tuna fisheries to Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) staff and key stakeholders.  


The study shows that total tuna catches in Solomon Islands’ waters reached a record level of over 180,000 metric tons in 2010.  Most of the increase was in skipjack and albacore tunas – two stocks assessed as being in good condition.  A smaller part of the total was bigeye and yellowfin tuna – stocks about which there is some concern.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 08:39
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Mullets in love at Puapua village

mullets_puapuaThe waters off Puapua village in Savaii, Samoa, are the preferred meeting place for thousands of mullets every year. Fishers testify that October is the best time to attend this unusual meeting of Moogarda seheli when they regroup to reproduce.

 

Scientific interest in traditional knowledge

Groups of this fish, the blue spot mullet — not a common sight in the area during the rest the year — come together between September and December to demonstrate what scientists call ‘spawning aggregations’.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 08:39
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Vanuatu Maritime College prepares trainees to observer’s work

trainees_santoFisheries observers from Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Nauru, Tonga and Fiji are currently attending a six-week observer training course at the Vanuatu Maritime College in Santo. The course is funded by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Vanuatu Government and SPC (through the EU-funded SciCOFish [Scientific Support for the Management of Coastal and Oceanic Fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region] project). SPC is also providing resource personnel and materials.

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Fiji National Tuna Data Workshop : Good data = Good decisions

bruno_workshopCollecting and managing information is the core task for the majority of staff employed in Pacific Island Fishery government agencies. The tuna data they collect provides a clear picture of the fishery, a solid basis for management decisions and offers an appreciation of historical fishing patterns.

To support this work, SPC has run a series of regional workshops aimed at sharing the best practices for gathering and preparing tuna data, which are subsequently used in the management of the tuna fishery in the western and central Pacific (see http://www.spc.int/oceanfish/en/meetingsworkshops/tdw).

 

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