Managing sea cucumber fisheries in the Pacific region: a one-day training to educate key stakeholders in New Caledonia

Holothurians, also known as sea cucumbers, are an important source of income for coastal communities in the Pacific. Their exploitation has grown over the past decades, targeting international markets. In some parts of the world, they are considered a…

Regional Aquaculture Project successfully completed

A regional project on aquaculture, the Sustainable Pacific Aquaculture Development Activity, was successfully implemented across the Pacific Community’s 22 Pacific Island country and territory (PICT) members over five years from 30 June 2016 to 30 June…

Delivery of 1000 Covid test kits to Samoa allows critical fisheries data work to continue

The recent surge in Covid cases in Samoa over the past two months has strained national government resources to provide Covid test kits to all personnel. The Samoa Health Department identified the Apia Fish Market and the International Wharf at Matautu…

Vaka Moana: An accessible Pacific Ocean Lab

​The 'Vaka Moana: Data Visualisation Tools for an Accessible Pacific Ocean' satellite event is part of a series of Pacific contributions to the UN Ocean Decade global event. This satellite event will focus on the theme of an 'Accessible Pacific Ocean'…

Va'ulele community established the first pearl-meat farm in Fiji

Launch of the Pacific International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022)

And… action! When movies are our allies for capacity building and awareness raising

Some call it “infotainment”, but the value of videos and podcasts to share knowledge can sometimes be overlooked as we seek to develop more ways of monitoring and assessing user interactions and progress with learning materials. Sure, the online learning…

Case study: Luen Thai/Lian Cheng involvement in electronic monitoring of tuna fisheries in the Federated States of Micronesia

Although there is general agreement that the use of electronic monitoring (EM) aboard tuna vessels could be a valuable tool for managing tuna fisheries, there is considerable discussion and debate about the most appropriate manner to initiate the uptake…

Quantifying illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Pacific Islands region – a 2020 update

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a recognised global problem that undermines the integrity of responsible fisheries management arrangements, and results in lost value to coastal states (e.g. FAO 2002; Agnew et al. 2009). The first…

Tuna stomachs: Is the glass half full, or half empty?

For some of us, fishing is a bit like playing bingo: you need to be lucky, but unlike bingo, with experience and scientific knowledge you can increase your chances of winning the fishing competition or putting the catch of the day on the menu. The…
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