fisheries

Customised leadership and management training for Pacific fisheries

Over the next five years, 125 current and emerging leaders in the Pacific Island fisheries sector will be able to apply for and complete a uniquely tailored three-stage modular programme in leadership and management. Participants can expect this learning…

Wallalis wobbling in whirly weather! A scientific mission thrown off course by heavy seas

RV Alis rocked by bad weather at the main wharf on Wallis. Image: Gildas Roudaut An ambitious plan to explore a previously unknown zone Wallis and Futuna has no oceanic fisheries industry but would like to know more about potential resources in its…

Evaluation of the Pacific Islander Junior Professionals Programme (2013–2018)

From left to to right: Lucy Joy, from Vanuatu, Berry Muller, from Marshall Islands and Lui Bell, from Samoa, were among the participants to the SPC Pacific Islander Junior Professionals (PIJP) Programme. Image: Ariella D’Andrea

Managing the world’s largest tuna fishery

The Pacific Ocean represents 48% of all the world’s oceans combined and supports some of the largest fisheries. In addition, it is home to some of the most abundant populations of tuna species such as albacore, skipjack and yellowfin, and billfish…

Emergency Grab Bags save lives in Tuvalu

On 4 March 2018, four fishers were rescued from a small vessel in Tuvalu after activating the PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) from their emergency ‘grab bag’, a marine safety pack initiated and promoted by SPC and supported by the Tuvalu government. This…

“Fish is the cornerstone of food security in the Pacific region.”

Coastal Fisheries – Our Livelihoods, Our Future This dramatic statement was part of the 2011 SPC report ‘Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change’. That publication highlighted the importance of Pacific fisheries to…

The Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS)

As stewards of the Pacific Ocean, leaders of the pacific island countries and territories are taking a lead to ‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’ as outlined in the UN Sustainable Development…

What is going on with bigeye tuna?

The 13th Regular Session of the Scientific Committee (SC13) of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)was held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands from 9 to 17 August 2017. A major topic of debate at SC13 was the new bigeye tuna(Thunnus…

SPC assists Federated States of Micronesia with a sea cucumber assessment in Pohnpei

Ryan Ladore of OFA surveying a reef benthos transect (image: Pauline Bosserelle)Sea cucumbers are an important and valuable resource in the Pacific island countries and territories (PICTs). In the face of high global demand, particularly from Asian…

What is aquatic biosecurity, and what is its relevance for the Pacific Islands region?

Nile tilapia being fed in Papua New Guinea. Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is an exotic species that has become an important commodity of the aquaculture sector in the Pacific Islands region, contributing to food security in several countries and…
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