The Pacific Community pays homage to the victims of the Air Algeria Crash

Monday 28 July, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

SPC-and-French-flag-half-mastThe flag of the Pacific Community (SPC) flew at half-mast today, next to the French flag, in a show of solidarity with the homage payed by France to the 118 people, of which 54 French nationals, who perished in the crash of Air Algeria flight AH5017 in Mali.

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SPC enhances scientific knowledge of Pacific Islanders

Friday, 25th  July 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva

Ms-TolakTwo Pacific Island government staff members undertook attachments at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division in Suva, Fiji, earlier this year. The trainees, from Vanuatu and Tuvalu, spent time at SPC’s Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) and its Biosecurity and Trade Support (BATS) team. 

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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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