Coastal Fisheries Report Card update
Opa T.
Opa T. 2021. Coastal Fisheries Report Card update. Working paper 5. Fourth Regional Technical Meeting on Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture. Noumea, New Caledonia: Pacific Community. 5 p.

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Managing and recovering from the impacts from COVID-19 pandemic has been the key priority for the region, with significant impacts on coastal economies and small-scale fishers throughout the value chain. The 2021 Coastal Fishery Report Card is the seventh Report Card under the Future of Fisheries Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries. The Report Card reports against a regionally agreed upon set of indicators approved by the 10th SPC Heads of Fisheries and FFC102.
The initial draft of the Report Card was presented to the 2nd Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting in July.
Since 2015, some progress has been made in the following outcome areas:
• Coastal fisheries management policy, legislation, and planning
• Political commitment and support for, coastal fisheries management
• Resourcing in fisheries agencies to support coastal fisheries management
Areas which have seen no clear progress, may be due to lack of proper data, include:
• Informed and empowered coastal communities with clearly defined user rights
• Effective collaboration and coordination between stakeholders and key sectors of influence
• Harvest within sustainable limits and coastal developments do not damage fish habitats.