Hot off the press: Why our future relies on health of our ocean


The Pacific Community presents a selection of products published by SPC and our partners highlighting the important scientific and technical work that we are currently undertaking across the Blue Pacific Continent.

Why do we need a Centre for Ocean Science? The Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS) has developed a brief overview of their work and objectives to improve ocean knowledge and science in the Pacific region.

Working in close collaboration with Geoscience Australia, SPC's Geoscience, Energy and Maritime (GEM) division has released their Earthquake Scenario Selection for Tsunami Inundation Hazard Assessment, which provides guidance on how to assess earthquake-generated tsunami inundation hazards for Pacific Island nations.

The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) division released its annual 2020 overview and status of stocks for the western and central Pacific tuna fishery as well as the 35th edition of the Women in Fisheries bulletin, which, among several topics, examines the impacts of COVID-19 on coastal communities in the Pacific through a gender and social inclusion lens, and synthesises the use of gender transformative approaches to advance gender equality in coral reef-social ecological systems.

As part of the Our Ocean conference held in Palau, the Strategy, Performance and Learning (SPL) team developed a brief overview of our Pacific Food Systems flagship programme and how it will serve our members vision of a future where everyone in the Pacific is well nourished by resilient and equitable food systems.

Finally, one from our archives! As borders start to (hopefully) re-open across the region for travel, GEM’s Pacific Geotourism: Funafuti Geopark Desktop Study highlights the prospects for developing a UNESCO Global Geopark on Tuvalu’s Funafuti Atoll. The country’s largest atoll island and capital has grown on top of a submerged volcano and would be the first atoll Geopark in the world.

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Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability (CCES) Programme
Fisheries, Aquaculture & Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division
Geoscience, Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division
Suva Regional Office
Melanesia Regional Office
Micronesia Regional Office
Polynesia Regional Office
Food Systems
Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS)