Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 125 (April–June 2008)

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


Welcome to this issue of the Fisheries Newsletter. In this issue Bob Gillett et al., on page 32, raise the issue of the use of livelihood diversification for resource management in the Pacific Islands. It is now understood that inshore fisheries are overexploited in many areas of the Pacific and that securing alternative sources of income or food to relieve pressure on inshore marine resources is now critical.

Jean-Paul Gaudechoux

Fisheries Information Adviser

In this issue


Reef Fisheries Observatory (pdf: )

  • Two staff recruited to work on country reports
  • Trochus and sea cucumber surveys around Epi Island, Vanuatu
  • Four sites in Tonga revisited for socioeconomic surveys
  • Trochus surveys in Kosrae and Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
  • First sub-regional underwater visual census (UVC) finfish workshop
  • Regional workshop on the economics of marine protected areas

Coastal Fisheries Management Section (pdf: )

  • Apia Policy endorsed by ministers
  • Assistance with fisheries management ordinances in the Marshall Islands
  • Sea cucumber management plan for Yap

Nearshore Fisheries Development and Training Section (pdf: )

  • Fourth SPC Sea Safety Bulletin published
  • Fiji School of Maritime and Fisheries Studies: Training attachment in Nelson, New Zealand
  • First competent authority training in Nelson, New Zealand

Aquaculture Section (pdf: )

  • New SPC Freshwater Aquaculture Officer appointed
  • Fourth Fisheries Ministerial Conference held in Palau
  • Aquaculture updates from Palau
  • Regional aquaculture status report presented to FFC Fisheries Officials and Ministers meeting
  • Workshop on preventing biological invasions
  • Dr Dale Hamilton engaged as SPC aquatic biosecurity consultant
  • Hatchery production and restocking of sandfish in community-managed fishing rights areas (qoliqoli), Fiji Islands
  • Report now available on the preliminary assessment of the potential for post-larval fish capture and culture, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
  • Vanuatu Aquaculture Development Plan 2008-2013 available
  • Seventh symposium on diseases in Asian aquaculture


  • A water goldmine for "biotech"
  • Optimising fisheries benefits in the Pacific Islands: Major issues and constraints
  • Press release


  • Livelihood diversification as a marine resource management tool in the Pacific Islands: Lessons learned, by Robert Gillett, Garry Preston, Warwick Nash, Hugh Govan, Tim Adams, and Michelle Lam  (pdf: )
  • Support for the Tongan half-pearl industry, by Antoine Teitelbaum, Paul Southgate, Andrew Beer, Poasi Fale Ngaluafe, and Martin Finau (pdf: )
  • Practical safety and fishing course for Pacific Island fisheries officers, by William Sokimi (pdf: )

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Fisheries Newsletter #125 (pdf: )


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