Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 124 (January–March 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


A Special Session of the Pacific Island Heads of Fisheries was held at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands headquarters in Apia, Samoa, from11–13 February 2008. The purpose of the Special Session was to review and endorse a revised strategic plan for fisheries management and sustainable coastal fisheries in the Pacific Islands. The original strategic plan was adopted in 2003 by member countries and territories of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The dynamic nature of fisheries and the ongoing economic and socio-political changes taking place are raising new challenges that affected the relevancy of the plan’s focus.

At the conclusion of the Special Session, member countries and territories developed and endorsed the new Pacific Islands Regional Coastal Fisheries Management Policy, now known as the Apia Policy. To achieve the goal of ensuring the optimal and sustainable use of coastal fisheries and their ecosystems by Pacific Island communities, six guiding principles were adopted. You will find more details on page 4.

Jean-Paul Gaudechoux

Fisheries Information Adviser

In this issue


  • SPC begins new study on fisheries and climate change (pdf: )

Coastal Fisheries Management Section (pdf: )

  • Training on Fisheries Statistics and Stock Assessment, Phase II
  • Heads of Fisheries Policy and Planning Workshop
  • Heads of Fisheries Special Session
  • Staff attachment

Reef Fisheries Observatory (pdf: )

  • CoFish loses another staff member
  • Update on country and territory site reports
  • Some early results from the regional dataset
  • Sub-regional workshops

Nearshore Fisheries Development and Training Section (pdf: )

  • Technical assistance to Niue Fisheries Department
  • Kavieng pump boat handline fishing trials
  • Sea turtle bycatch mitigation workshop and FAD fishing workshops
  • DevFish assists Tongan fishing association
  • Economic benefits of a domestic tuna purse-seine fishery

Aquaculture Section (pdf: )

  • ACIAR aquaculture mini-projects
  • Aquaculture updates
  • NACA Governing Council Meeting
  • SPC Aquaculture Action Plan 2007
  • Freshwater prawn and tilapia farms in Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands
  • Workshop in Fiji on freshwater aquaculture
  • Aquaculture is taking off in Vanuatu


  • Growth of rare Queensland jewel
  • Review of the State of marine capture fisheries management in the Pacific Ocean
  • Selenium in tuna protects against mercury
  • Does fishing on drifting fish aggregation devices endanger the survival of tropical tuna?


  • Nauru nearshore FAD project - Post-implementation review, by Angela Templeton and Michel Blanc  (pdf: )
  • Updates on post-larval fish capture and culture technology transfer between Cook Islands and French Polynesia, by Antoine Teitelbaum (pdf: )
  • JICA course on community-based fisheries diversification in Pacific Island States (Fiji Study), by William Sokimi  (pdf: )
  • The Pohnpei, FSM experience at SPC, Patterson K. Shed and Donald David (pdf: )

Download the complete publication:

Fisheries Newsletter #124 (pdf: )


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