The New Zealand funded Pacific tuna MSE project


The seminar will describe the work conducted by the Pacific Community (SPC) to support the development of harvest strategies by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) for its key tuna stocks and fisheries (skipjack, bigeye, yellowfin and south Pacific albacore). We will provide a brief overview of the harvest strategy approach for fisheries management with specific reference to the WCPFC as well as information on the modelling approaches used to develop and test candidate management procedures. Some key issues considered in the seminar include.

  1. Designing harvest control rules to achieve fishery management objectives
  2. Developing management procedures that are robust to uncertainty
  3. Progressing from single species approaches to mixed-fishery multi-species management
  4. Building capacity amongst WCPFC members to enable a stakeholder-led approach to harvest strategy development.


  • Mr Robert Scott
    Mr Robert Scott joined SPC’s Oceanic Fisheries Programme in August 2014 as a fisheries scientist working on stock assessment. His main focus is on Management Strategy Evaluation modelling in support of harvest strategy development for tuna stocks in the western central Pacific Ocean. Robert joined SPC from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the UK where he was a senior fisheries scientist. During his 15 years at Cefas he spent 3 years working in Italy as a bio-economic modeler at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).
  • Dr Finlay Scott
    Dr Finlay Scott joined the Oceanic Fisheries Programme in 2018 to work on developing harvest strategies for key tuna stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean. After gaining a BSc in Cybernetics from the University of Reading, Finlay completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, London. He then tried working in a proper job for a very short time before returning to academia to complete a PhD in mathematical population biology at the University of East Anglia. Lured into the dynamic world of fisheries science, he worked at Cefas, Lowestoft and the European Commission in Ispra, Italy before moving to SPC and Noumea.


PowerPoint presentation

 Watch the replay:


Inter-agency collaboration, a core principle in the development field, maximises impact of work of developing agencies and increases the value delivered to their stakeholders. For collaboration opportunities to be created, development organisations like SPC actively work on making their work transparent and visible to external actors.

As part of their effort towards increasing collaboration between agencies involved in the development sector in the Pacific, SPC and NIWA are organising a series of seminars in which some of their current and past work will be presented. The audience, in addition to staff members of these two organisations are stakeholders interested in SPC’s and NIWA’s work including MFAT, MBIE and others.

The topics covered in the webinars are topical and gravitate around use of advanced computing resources in solving problems in the fields of climate change, geoscience and fisheries among others. 

The topics and the dates are available in the related events below.

The events will be interpreted and recording of each of the sessions will be made available online.

Please contact the organiser, Dr Aleksandar Zivaljevic[email protected] for more information, for the invitation to the events or to express interest in webinars interpretation in French.
For matters related to communication, please contact Camille Menaouer, Digital Communications Coordinator at [email protected].

Joint Event
Joint Partner


Displaying 1 - 2 of 2
Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability