SciCOFish results

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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.



Managing the Marshall Islands’ sea cucumber fishery

art_kaloThe high demand for beche-de-mer products in Asian markets, and the ongoing trend of resource overexploitation of more accessible sea cucumber species, has resulted in beche-de-mer buyers and exporters moving to more remote locations to buy beche-de-mer products. In Pacific Island countries, species of lower commercial value are now being targeted because higher value species are becoming depleted.

Because mounting pressure to exploit sea cucumbers is outpacing the region’s capacity to tighten existing management systems, Pacific Island fisheries agencies are finding it challenging to ensure the sustainability of this resource.

 

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Estimating the impact of climate change on fisheries by baseline monitoring

marshallsMarshall Islands is one of the sites selected as a monitoring station to estimate the impact of climate change on coastal fisheries. This involves deployment of temperature loggers and the monitoring of invertebrates and finfish, as well as their habitats, over a period of time to document any changes. Maria Sapatu, SPC Pacific Islander Attachment, and Being Yeeting, SPC Fisheries Scientist, were in Majuro from 14th May to 6th June 2011 to complete the finfish and habitat assessment and the deployment of temperature loggers for the project, which started in April. At the same time they trained local fisheries and NGO staff on finfish monitoring methods, fish identification, and data collection and analysis.

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Improved coastal environment monitoring for better fisheries management

monitoring1Thursday 19 May 2011, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) headquarters, Noumea, New Caledonia

 

The Coastal Fisheries Science and Management Section of SPC conducted a workshop in Nadi, Fiji Islands from 25 to 30 April entitled: ‘Basic monitoring needs for effective management of coastal fisheries and resources for Pacific Island countries and territories’. The main objective of the workshop was to identify the fisheries management questions that need answering at community and government levels and the monitoring approaches and techniques that are needed to answer these questions.

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Biological sampling workshop in Pohnpei

biosampling1The first fishery observer training of trainers in the Pacific region took place in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) from 4 to 8 April. Nine participants from fishery departments in FSM as well as Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Solomon Islands were trained to teach techniques for biological sampling and recovering related data for national and regional observer training. Caroline Sanchez and Malo Hosken from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) travelled from New Caledonia to deliver the training. The objective was to train the participants in understanding the role of biological sampling and the importance of correct data collection for scientific studies and research.

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