Coastal Fisheries Programme


Number 110 (July–September 2004)

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



Several important meetings were held during this quarter. The Fourth Heads of Fisheries took place in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 30 August to 3 September 2004. This meeting is the sole occasion when the people in charge of the fisheries sector in the Pacific Island countries and territories can get together to examine the overall situation and problems with regards to fisheries, share their experiences with their colleagues, and provide invaluable advice and guidance to the staff of the SPC Marine Resources Division. More on the outcomes of this meeting can be found in this newsletter from pages 2 to 6.


The seventeenth meeting of the Standing Committee on Tuna and Billfish (SCTB) was held from 9 to 18 August 2004 in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. This was the last SCTB as with the coming into force of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean in June 2004, the new Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission will take over SCTB's role. The first meeting of the Commission is planned for December 2004.


Jean-Paul Gaudechoux
Fisheries Information Adviser



In this issue

  Fourth Heads of Fisheries Meeting
  Seventeenth Meeting of the Standing Committee on Tuna and Billfish
  Fisheries Development Section

• Deep setting techniques for tuna longlining
• Technical assistance to Tuvalu
• Community surveys conducted in Niue
• Standing Committee on Tuna and Billfish
• FAD research project update
• Workshop on the implications of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention to the private sector

  Aquaculture Section

• Australasian Aquaculture Conference, Sydney 2004: Indigenous Aquaculture Session – The Pacific experience
• SPC seaweed quarantine protocol development undertaken by the Institute of Marine Resources, University of the South Pacific
• Fiji Freshwater Aquaculture Census Survey
• Fiji Freshwater Aquaculture Strategic Planning Workshop

  Reef Fisheries Observatory

• Scientific roundtable discussion

  Training Section

• Provision of technical assistance to Maps Tuna Ltd: Kavieng loining operation
• The effectiveness of the SPC safety awareness initiatives
• In brief

  Assessing the carrying capacity of MPAs: How many visitors can your MPA hold?
  Coastal Fishery Management and Development Projects in Papua New Guinea, by Lindsay Chapman, Sean Baxter and Garry Preston (pdf: )
  A cost–benefit analysis of projects implemented to assist the black pearl industry in Manihiki lagoon, Cook Islands , by Emily McKenzie (pdf: )

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