Coastal Fisheries Programme


Number 123 (October–December 2007)

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. A two-day workshop to discuss ecosystem approaches to coastal fisheries and aquaculture was held in Noumea, from 29 to 30 October 2007.

Most countries and territories in the region have committed to apply ecosystem approaches to the management of their islands, coasts and oceans by 2010 under the Implementation Plan of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Several models have been developed for implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries, but no one model fits all situations, and the inclusion of aquaculture introduces additional issues.

Jean-Paul Gaudechoux

Fisheries Information Adviser

In this issue


Reef Fisheries Observatory (pdf: )

  • Fieldwork and surveys in the Cook Islands
  • Fifth PROCFish/C and CoFish Advisory Committee meeting
  • Annual GIS/RS Pacific Users Conference
  • PROCFish/C and CoFish training workshop on socioeconomic fisheries surveys
  • Update on Live Reef Fisheries Trade (LRFT) activities

Nearshore Fisheries Development and Training Section (pdf: )

  • FAD workshops in Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
  • Fourth International Fishers' Forum (IFF4)

Aquaculture Section (pdf: )

  • SPC Pacific-Asia Marine Fish Mariculture Technical Workshop: Farming Marine Fishes for our Future
  • French Polynesia shares post-larval fish capture and culture technology with Cook Islands
  • Quality seaweed fetches better prices
  • Potential applications of GIS in strategic planning for freshwater aquaculture


  • An interview with Mr Andrew Wright, Executive Director, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
  • Globalization and scaling in ecosystem-based management
  • Ultra-low freezing leads to higher quality seafood


  • Regional workshop on implementing the Ecosystem Approach to Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture, by Garry Preston, Lindsay Chapman and Andrew Smith  (pdf: )
  • Setting longlines deep to avoid bycatch, by Steve Beverly, Daniel Curran and Michael Musyl (pdf: )
  • SPC hosts regional meeting on aquatic biosecurity, by Ben Ponia  (pdf: )

Download the complete publication:

Fisheries Newsletter #123 (pdf: )


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