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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.



New LearnFishID module developed for sea cucumber species

learnfishidSea cucumber species identification is a recurrent problem faced in the sea cucumber fishery. Colouration and form are the most commonly used features in identifying species, but some species have several different colouration patterns, and some can change their shape according to external factors such as induced stress or the topography of the bottom.

 

Sea cucumber species such as sandfish, golden sandfish, white teatfish, black teatfish, brown sandfish, curryfish, blackfish, surf redfish, stonefish, elephant trunkfish, tigerfish, chalkfish, peanut fish and lollyfish all display differences in colouration of their outer skin layer from young age to maturity, or according to habitat conditions and geographical locations, contributing to identification difficulties.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 08:40
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SPC SciCoFish project aims to improve collection of reef fisheries scientific data to support management

marketcreelsurveyThe new SPC Scientific Support for the Management of Coastal and Oceanic Fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region (SciCoFish) project funded by the European Union, first implemented in 2011, has taken up the challenge to assess coastal living marine resources, management systems and resource status to inform management. A regional workshop was held in Fiji in April 2011 to discuss the basic monitoring needs for Pacific Island countries and territories to effectively manage their coastal fisheries resources and identify gaps in scientific information on fisheries accessible to countries. The workshop identified the development of standardised and effective data collection and monitoring methodologies as a priority.

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Communities in the Solomon Islands want effective enforcement of sea cucumber ban

manta_towIn the Solomon Islands, the communities of Marau and Sandfly want an improved system of managing the sea cucumber fishery. During a resource assessment training and management consultation in September and October 2011, it was revealed that sea cucumber resources continue to be fished despite the current ban.

 

The low numbers of sea cucumbers recorded in the assessment did not correspond with the capacity of the rich reef systems in these areas to support these resources.

Sea cucumber numbers inside several marine protected areas (MPAs) were only slightly better. The communities put in considerable effort in setting up the MPAs with the support of non-governmental organisations.

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When economy meets with tuna

purse_seinerThe SciCOFish1 project has recently added two new staff members, Aaron Berger and Roseti Imo, who are introducing economic perspectives to the biological scientific work that is already being done by SPC on oceanic fisheries. Their main task is to estimate the economic impacts of various fisheries management options proposed to Pacific Island countries.

 

Providing economic advice on fisheries management

 

Aaron is based at SPC in Noumea and Roseti at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) in Honiara, and together they work closely on reinforcing the way in which SPC and FFA collaborate to provide scientific advice to member countries.

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