Coastal Fisheries Programme


Number 129 (May/August 2009)

Produced by the Information Section, Marine Resources Division, SPC, B.P. D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia. Fax: (687) 263818.

Produced with financial assistance from France, Australia and New Zealand


We open this issue with a tribute to our colleague Michael Manning, who passed away on 7 September while on duty travel in Tuvalu. Michael, a young and brilliant fisheries scientist, had only been working for eight months with SPC’s Oceanic Fisheries Programme, but it was enough to leave a mark on all the people who had the chance to work with him.

Tuna is probably the most cited word in this issue, as we publish five articles related to it: a report about the outcomes of the latest meeting of the Scientific Committee for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, preliminary results of a study on tuna fisheries around seamounts, an update on tuna fisheries in the region, a description of fishing techniques used by purse seiners around FADs, and a detailed report on the efforts made to better understand the tuna fisheries of our neighbour, Indonesia.

And these are only some of the many fisheries and aquaculture-related topics we address here, and we hope that they will capture your attention. Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think of this issue, and to share any news you would like to see published here.

Fisheries Information Officer

In this issue

Tribute to Michael Manning (pdf: )


Oceanic Fisheries Programme

  • Scientific Committee meeting of the WCPFC (pdf: )

  • Tuna fisheries and pelagic biodiversity around seamounts in the western and central Pacific Ocean (pdf: )

  • Tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific, an update (pdf: )

Nearshore Fisheries Development and Training Section
(pdf: )

  • Techniques to reduce bycatch of endangered species

  • Hook exchange project in Cook Islands reduces sea turtle bycatch

Reef Fisheries Observatory

  • Ciguatera-like fish poisoning from giant clams
    on Emao Island, Vanuatu (pdf: )

  • News from the CoFISH and PROCFish projects (pdf: )

Aquaculture Section (pdf: )

  • Promising spat collection trials in New Caledonia

  • The potential for aquaculture development in
    Wallis and Futuna


  • Making decisions about tuna fishing in the Pacific — WCPFC factsheets (pdf: )

  • 14th PIMRIS steering committee meeting (pdf: )

  • Deploying a submerged FAD at Kavala, Fiji (pdf: )


  • Purse-seine fishing around moored FADs in Papua New Guinea
    by W. Sokimi (pdf: )

  • Indonesian tuna fisheries: Getting to know our neighbours
    by P. Williams
    (pdf: )

  • ADB Benefish Study
    by R.E. Gillett (pdf: )

Download the complete publication:

Fisheries Newsletter #129 (pdf: )


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