Coastal Fisheries Programme
Andrew Smith
Deputy Director FAME (Coastal Fisheries)

Pacific Community
98848 Noumea Cedex
New Caledonia

Telephone: +687 26 20 00

Information: Andrew is a marine biologist with over 30 years of practical experience in tropical fisheries, coastal and marine resources management and conservation, especially where subsistence, artisanal and small-scale fisheries, customary use rights and marine tenure issues predominate.

He obtained his Ph.D. from James Cook University (Queensland, Australia) where his research focused on the customary knowledge, use and management of marine resources by Aboriginal communities on north-eastern Cape York Peninsula, with the results feeding into the original zoning and management of the Far Northern Section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Andrew spent nearly five years living and working in Micronesia (mostly in Yap, Federated State of Micronesia) focusing on traditional fisheries, marine resources and coastal management. As the Advisor for Yap State’s Marine Resources Management Division, he worked to incorporate customary management systems into the State’s marine and coastal management planning.

After some regional consultancies, Andrew worked for the [then] South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (based in Samoa) providing coastal management advice; followed by 17 years in a range of senior roles in The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Program working in the Pacific and Indonesia (based out of Palau for 9 years). Prior to joining SPC, Andrew worked for 5 years developing and managing WWF-Australia’s marine sustainable development program in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Andrew took up the position of Deputy Director FAME (Coastal Fisheries) in mid-October 2018. His position provides leadership, direction, management and technical oversight of the SPC Coastal Fisheries Programme. The role ensures that the annual work plans for the programme are in line with the FAME Business and SPC Strategic Plan, are fully implemented within budget, adhere to all SPC policies and procedures, and address the needs and priorities of the members. The position is also responsible for resource mobilisation and reporting to donors to ensure adequate funding is available for the Coastal Fisheries Programme to operate successfully now and in the future.

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