New agreement to improve ocean science collaboration in the Pacific


Photo: Dr Stuart Minchin, Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC) and François Houllier, President and CEO of IFREMER.


The Pacific Community (SPC) and the Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week covering a broad scope of initiatives, including ocean modelling techniques, decision making support systems for ocean management, technology exchange, data sharing, collaboration on aquaculture, and fisheries.

SPC and IFREMER share common concerns and objectives in relation to advancing research activities, enhancing monitoring capacities, and strengthening scientific cooperation in the Pacific region.

“This agreement aims at boosting the institute’s research capacities in its overseas locations, including two in the Pacific, therefore this MoU with SPC will help strengthen the services to the territories where labs are located,” said François Houllier, President, and CEO of IFREMER.

Dr Stuart Minchin, Director General of SPC, emphasised the importance of partnership when seeking excellence in ocean science “we see the need for partnership with research institutions that do curiosity-driven work so we can provide pathways to the best applied science in the Pacific region.”

The Head of the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS), Dr Jerome Aucan said this MoU is “just the beginning of future collaborations between SPC and IFREMER to help improve the quality and delivery of ocean science products to Pacific Island countries and territories and to ensure informed decisions are made to protect and sustainably manage their ocean resources.”

The agreement lists a series of collaborative activities to be implemented between the two organisations in the coming years.

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Pierre-Yves Charpentier, Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS) Project Advisor, Pacific Community (SPC) | [email protected]
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IFREMER (L’Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer) is a French national public institution dedicated to ocean science and technologies with the mandate to perform research, studies and expert assessments on the ocean and its resources, the marine ecosystems and biodiversity from coastal areas to the deep sea, and the sustainable development of maritime activities including fisheries and aquaculture.

About SPC:
The Pacific Community has been supporting sustainable development in the Pacific, through science, knowledge and innovation since 1947. It is the principal intergovernmental organisation in the region, owned and governed by its 27 member countries and territories. 
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