Lack of access to data frustrates scientists

A meeting of over 20 stock assessment scientists from the Asia–Pacific region last week heard that the scientific assessment of tunas in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) continues to be hampered by some fishing states not making data available to scientists. Dr Shelton Harley, head of the Stock Assessment and Modelling team within the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Oceanic Fisheries Programme noted that ‘the most frustrating aspect is that the data have been collected and are just sitting on computers in countries and not contributing to the efforts to determine the health and safe harvest levels for the largest tuna resource in the world.’

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Agroforestry demo site excites Fiji’s Minister for Primary Industries

Friday 11 April 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) –

'This is what we need for other localities in Fiji and we are fully supportive and appreciative of SPC's initiative in such activities.’

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Surveys underway to update Vanuatu navigational charts

11 April 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

Work begins next week on a series of underwater surveys to produce updated navigational charts for Vanuatu. Like many Pacific Island countries, Vanuatu has a vast maritime area. Modern charts will result in safer navigation for both cargo shipping and cruise ships, producing economic and social benefits for Vanuatu.

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USA and Germany sign deal to support climate adaptation in Solomon Islands

Wednesday 9 April 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) headquarters, Noumea, New Caledonia

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), working in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, recently inked a deal to further assist climate change adaptation in Solomon Islands.

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