Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 149 (January–April 2016)

Produced by the Pacific Community, Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems, Information Section, 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


The collection of fisheries data remains a major challenge for fisheries officers in Pacific Island countries, especially in remote outer islands. Noting the rapid increase in Internet availability throughout the region, SPC has addressed the issue of data collection through the development of a new mobile phone and tablet application that will facilitate the collection of data from small-scale fishers, and ease the transfer of this information from outer islands to central fisheries offices (link to article). This new app will also reduce the time lag between data collection and data processing, which is critical for proper and timely assessments of fish stocks. It will be interesting to see how quickly fisheries officers adopt this new tool.

In the Pacific Islands region, aquaculture may only become economically viable when natural stocks of certain fish and invertebrates are so depleted that their market value “goes through the ceiling”. For sandfish, the highest-valued and largely overexploited tropical sea cucumber (link to article), the time for commercially viable aquaculture may have come. Public and private sandfish farming experiments are taking place in several countries, including Kiribati (link to article). It is strange to think that successful aquaculture may sometimes be the result of weak fishery management.

The word data is cited more than 100 times in this issue, which is not surprising for a newsletter dedicated to fisheries, but this may be a sign that the attention of Fisheries Newsletter contributors – and readers – is increasingly focusing on management concerns.

Aymeric Desurmont
Fisheries Information Specialist




Tarawa, Kiribati
(Image: Michel Blanc)

In this issue


  • Mobile phone data collection app for artisanal fisheries (pdf: )

  • Workshop continues the development of MULTIFAN-CL (pdf: )

  • The three Vs of tag recovery data processing: validation, validation, validation (pdf: )

  • Sea turtle mitigation in longline fisheries (pdf: )

  • The economics of small-scale fishers supplying tuna to an industrial processing plant in Kiribati (pdf: )

  • Attachment training in practical analysis of current policy questions (pdf: )

  • Sandfish to boost inshore fisheries opportunities in Kiribati (pdf: )


  • FAO expert consultation on marking fishing gear (pdf: )

  • The 2016 version of the Benefish study (pdf: )

  • Stakeholders of the Kiribati CBFM project gather to discuss lessons learned and way forward (pdf: )

  • Population genetics of sandfish in Fiji (pdf: )


  • Application of a harvest strategy to resource-limited deepwater snapper fisheries
    by Nicholas Hill,Tuikolongahau Halafihi, Ashley Williams, Tom Peatman, Simon Nicol and Neville Smith (pdf: )

  • Using SEAPODYM to better understand the influence of El Niño Southern Oscillation on Pacific tuna fisheries
    by Aurore Receveur, Simon Nicol,Laura Tremblay-Boyer, Christophe Menkes, Inna Senina and Patrick Lehodey (pdf: )

  • Mainstreaming fish spawning aggregations into fishery management calls for truly precautionary approach
    by Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson (pdf: )

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