Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 139 (September–December 2012)

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

Produced with financial assistance from France, Australia and New Zealand


Non-fishing stakeholders — or, to be more precise, conservation stakeholders — have become regular and active partners of fisheries stakeholders in the Pacific Islands region. They are mostly involved in identifying and raising awareness of environmental issues, as well as helping to design management schemes that address these issues. In California, they have gone one step further to become financial partners of the fishing industry. In the last article of this issue, Jay Udelhoven from The Nature Conservancy explains why and how his organisation bought fishing rights to help struggling small-scale fishermen and local communities, while improving fishery and habitat. At first sight, it seems that there is little scope for such a scheme in the Pacific Islands region, at least in coastal fisheries where few formal fisheries allocation systems have been put in place. But, whether in the tuna fishery, with the Parties to the Nauru Agreement vessel day scheme, or in the sea cucumber fishery, with export quotas that have been set by several countries, the possibility exists and is certainly worth exploring.

As usual, we have tried to provide short stories about a little bit of everything related to fisheries in our region, including two articles that were spontaneously sent by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources of American Samoa. Let’s hope they are the first of a long series.

Aymeric Desurmont
Fisheries Information Officer




Deploying giant clam spat collecting stations
in Reao, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

(Image: Colette Wabnitz)

In this issue


  • Getting to the point on Pacific tuna fisheries:
    Scientists call for reference points to replace the current gridlock (pdf: )

  • OFP launches country webpages (pdf: )

  • Regional action to fight illegal tuna fishing in the Pacific (pdf: )

  • On spot check for scombroid fish poisoning on fishery products (pdf: )

  • Expanding Pacific horizons (pdf: )

  • Using a geographic information system for coastal fisheries management (pdf: )

  • SPC aids squaretail coral grouper efforts in Guam (pdf: )


  • Postlarval capture and culture of Tridacna maxima giant clams in French Polynesia (pdf: )

  • Promoting sustainable mariculture in Papua New Guinea (pdf: )

  • Successful red emperor snapper spawning in New Caledonia (pdf: )

  • Commercial fisheries biosampling programme in American Samoa (pdf: )

  • American Samoa revives its FAD programme (pdf: )

  • Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura: A fresh look at fisheries management by communities (pdf: )

  • Three very lucky seafarers in Kiribati(pdf: )


  • Global study of the management of baitfisheries that support pole-and-line tuna fishing
    by R.E.Gillett (pdf: )

  • Pioneering American experiment may hold lessons for European fisheries - Stakeholder collaboration improves fishery, livelihoods, and habitat
    by J. Udelhoven (pdf: )

Download the complete publication:

Fisheries Newsletter #139 (pdf: )


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