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Special Edition - March 2003





Group Co-ordinator and Bulletin Editor:
Kenneth Ruddle, Asahigaoka-cho 7-22-511, Ashiya-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan 659-0012.


Information Section, Marine Resources Division, SPC, B.P. D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia. Fax: (687) 263818


Produced with financial assistance from Australia, France and New Zealand.





This Special Edition is respectfully dedicated to the life and memory
of our friend and colleague, Bob Johannes



Robert E. Johannes


Note from the editor

Note from the editor

This is a very brief note to express my deep gratitude to all who contributed to this "Special for Bob". Thank you for helping me keep my final promise to him.


Kenneth Ruddle



Note on behalf of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community


There is no easy way of conveying the sense of loss that one feels at an untimely death, and Bob Johannes was an individual who touched the lives of very many people. His passing leaves a large gap.


The first that many of us knew about the event was through an email drafted by Bob himself, transmitted posthumously through his own email account. To receive a posthumous message from someone you respect, or love, is a shocking event. But it was typical of Bob’s forthright, appropriate touch that this distressing message itself conveyed comfort.


He said: "I have had so much to be happy about in my life – everything that counts has been totally rewarding ... everything except some unidentified malfunctioning biochemical pathways".


In this, as in everything, he was able to cut to the heart of the matter, and to explain just why things are as they are. And to show us a way forward, even if he saw no way forward for himself.


Bob was an inspiration to many people, as you will see from tributes collected in this special issue of the bulletin. His ideas, and his inspiration, will live on.


Tim Adams
Director, SPC Marine Resources Division















A note on indigenous ecological knowledge and management of the river mullet, Cestraeus goldiei, in the Vurulata River, south Choiseul Island, Solomon Islands
Foale S. (pdf: 48 KB)
Stone fish weirs of Yap
Falanruw M.C., Falanruw L. (pdf: 49 KB)
Robert E. Johannes 26 September 1936 - 4 September 2002 Achievements and contributions
Anon. (pdf: 121 KB)

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