Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 148 (September–October 2015)

Produced by the Information Section, Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems, SPC, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia

Produced with financial assistance from the Australian Government, the European Union, France and the New Zealand Aid Programme


On Asian markets, the difference in price between a well processed and a badly processed sea cucumber (beche-de-mer), can be 5–10 fold. With sea cucumber stocks rapidly declining, it is important that fishers receive the highest possible financial return from the limited number of animals they are able or authorised to catch. In their article, Ram and coauthors  describe a processing technique for two high-value species in Fiji that results in high-end products (link to article). The authors believe that fishers who need fewer sea cucumbers to make the same income should be more inclined to comply with management measures (e.g. quotas or closed seasons) that are implemented to release pressure on wild stocks.

The stock structure of exploited species is an important piece of information needed by fisheries managers to properly manage fisheries. There is currently very limited information on the stock structure of deepwater snappers in the Pacific Ocean. Goldstien and coauthors partly fill this information gap with their examination of the genetic diversity of three important deepwater snapper species: the flame tail, the ruby and the pygmy ruby snappers (link to article).

The European Union has established a system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, known as the ‘EU IUU Regulation’. In his article, Francisco Blaha details some of the disruptive consequences of this regulation for Pacific Island tuna fisheries. He reports that the strict observance of this regulation is extremely challenging for small country authorities, leading to more warnings (yellow cards) being issued in the Pacific than in any other region in the world (link to article).

Aymeric Desurmont
Fisheries Information Specialist




Transshipping in Papuea New Guinea
(Image: Francisco Blaha)

In this issue


  • Fishing for diamondback squid in Tahiti: Adapting gear for small boats (pdf: )

  • Fish cage racing in Satoalepai Village, Samoa! (pdf: )

  • SPC and EU-IACT assist commercial tilapia farmer with floating-feed mini-mill in PNG (pdf: )

  • Fish pond construction workshop held in Fiji (pdf: )

  • Supporting fishers’ mechanical skills in Tuvalu (pdf: )

  • Contributing to food security in post-cyclone Vanuatu and Federated States of Micronesia (pdf: )

  • Capacity development in the Pacific tuna processing sector (pdf: )


  • Several FFA member priorities were met at WCPFC12 (pdf: )

  • Pacific nations aim to resolve US default on USD 89 million tuna treaty (pdf: )

  • Onwards and upwards for Papua New Guinea’s National Fisheries College (pdf: )

  • Disaster Relief Fund from the US compensates fishermen and funds priority projects in American Samoa (pdf: )


  • Processing techniques for white teatfish Holothuria fuscogilva and black teatfish H. whitmaei in Fiji
    by Ravinesh Ram, Roveena V. Chand and Paul C. Southgate (pdf: )

  • The genetic distribution of three deepwater snappers in the western and central Pacific Ocean
    by Sharyn Goldstien, Ashley Williams, Simon Nicol, Simona Kraberger and Daisy Stainton (pdf: )

  • Impacts of the European Commission yellow cards in the Pacific
    by Francisco Blaha (pdf: )

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