Condition of bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific worsening, skipjack and yellowfin healthy – new SPC assessments released

Friday 25 July 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) headquarters, Noumea, New Caledonia 

Skipjack_Bruno_LeroyThe Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) this week released new assessments on the status of key regional tuna stocks – skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna – which show that skipjack and yellowfin remain in a reasonably healthy state, but bigeye, the mainstay of the tropical longline fishery, has now been reduced to less than 20% of its unfished stock size. The assessments, along with over 40 scientific papers produced by SPC, are due to be presented at the 10th meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Scientific Committee, being held in Majuro, Marshall Islands, in early August.

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SPC joins global community in expressing sadness at the loss of renowned HIV and AIDS scientist

Wednesday 23 July, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

ARVs-drugsThe sudden and untimely passing away of Professor Joep Lange has sent a shock wave around the globe, especially among members of the HIV and AIDS community. Professor Lange and several of his colleagues died in the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in Ukraine. They were travelling to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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The Director General recently met with members of the Youth@Work team in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in July

Colin&YouthYouth at Work (Y@W) is designed as a national initiative for unemployed youths who are school leavers or graduates to be mentored in basic skills & values; as well as being given practical job experience. It is a “can-do” initiative that targets disengaged youth who have been unable to find gainful employment due to lack of experience or education or networks.

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The ‘organic island’ of Cicia (Fiji) provides yams to SPC

yamTwenty-three varieties of mainly alata yams were contributed by farmers on Cicia, Fiji’s ‘organic island’, to the Secretary of the Pacific Community (SPC) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) in April.

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