The Shark TAGging Information System (STAGIS)
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 11:18

Carcharhinus longimanusSPC-OFP is very pleased to announce the launching of STAGIS the Shark TAGging Information System, which is now hosted on the SPC-OFP website for free public access. It can be accessed at http://www.spc.int/ofp/shark/.

This database was populated through the contributions of numerous shark researchers, who gave generously of their information and time to support this effort, as well as through a literature review conducted by SPC-OFP.

Tuna Fisheries of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean
Monday, 19 July 2010 08:04


Tuna fishing in the Pacific Islands region has a rich history. For centuries, tuna have provided an important source of food for Pacific Island peoples and the traditional fishing techniques and equipment involved are part of their cultural heritage. Today, tuna are also an important source of income and employment for many SPC island members. For some, the tuna resources within their 200 mile exclusive economic zones (EEZs) represent their only significant renewable resource and their best opportunity for economic development.

The fishery in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean is therefore diverse, ranging from small-scale artisanal operations in the coastal waters of Pacific states, to large-scale, industrial purse-seine, pole-and-line and longline operations in both the exclusive economic zones of Pacific states and on the high seas. The main species targeted by these fisheries are skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), bigeye tuna (T. obesus) and albacore tuna (T. alalunga). Artisanal and larger-scale commercial fisheries exploiting the same stocks of these species also occur in the Pacific Ocean waters of adjacent southeast Asian countries, particularly Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.

New research plan provides a blueprint for addressing shark issues in the western and central Pacific
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 08:14

What should be done about sharks? Heavy fishing pressure is believed to be threatening some shark populations. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) has taken a major step toward addressing concerns about shark populations with initial approval of a three-year Shark Research Plan by its Scientific Committee (see Useful Shark Links, #1). The plan will be led by the Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and will contain assessment, research coordination and fishery statistics improvement components. The overall aim of the plan is to evaluate the status of blue, mako, oceanic whitetip, silky and thresher sharks in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) and to establish better datasets to support future assessments.  Following its recent endorsement by the Scientific Committee, the Shark Research Plan will be presented for full Commission approval at its annual meeting in Hawaii in December.


This article outlines the background and context of shark issues in the WCPO, introduces the key species and previews the forthcoming assessment work.


Wednesday, 12 August 2009 14:20

TUFMAN (Tuna Fisheries Database Management System) is a database tool developed for Pacific Island Countries to manage their tuna fishery data. It provides for data entry, data management, data quality control, administration, and reporting. The system is the same throughout the region but is highly customizable and setup specifically for the needs of each of the individual countries. It has been developed over many years and has evolved from a simple system to one that is becoming a comprehensive tuna data management tool.

Bycatch Mitigation Information System (BMIS)
Friday, 29 April 2011 11:07

The BMIS is a resource for fisheries managers, scientists, fishers and the general public. It is the result of a Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) project to centralise and make readily available, information on the mitigation and management of bycatch in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).  The database is a reference and educational tool that supports the Commission's responsibilities with regard to the sustainable management of non-target, or bycatch, species in WCPO fisheries targeting highly migratory species, including tuna and billfish.

Spatial Ecosystem and Population Dynamics Model (Seapodym)
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 14:56

Assessment of the historical, present and future states of marine ecosystem and the effects of human exploitation and climate variation have on the state of ecosystems are necessary to implement an ecosystem-based fishery management system. In particular, understanding how tuna, tuna-like populations and by-catch species respond to environment variation and anthropogenic changes (fishing pressure) is a major challenge for developing this approach. Modeling should be focused on comprehending the mechanisms linking the biological and physical components of marine ecosystems and exploring the responses of populations at higher trophic levels to different types of physical forcing, biological interactions, exploitation and they potential synergies.

Link to the Web SEAPODYM Access

icon SEAPODYM user manual (1.07 MB)

icon Tuna - SPC factsheet (3.8 MB)


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