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Number 14 - July 2008


Bulletin Editors: Jean-François Hamel & Annie Mercier, Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC), Memorial University, St. John’s (Newfoundland), Canada A1C 5S7.

Production: Information Section, Marine Resources Division, SPC, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia. Fax: +687 263818.

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


A year after the last publication, we are proud to present issue #14 of the SPC Trochus Information Bulletin. With the help of excellent contributors from various fields, we have managed to put together a substantial and well-balanced issue, offering you an array of research results, reviews and reflections on topics related to the harvesting, aquaculture and management of marine molluscs in the Indo-Pacific.

For starters, two studies on the growth of trochus in Wallis Island and Viet Nam, contributed by Soazig Lemouellic and Claude Chauvet (University of New Caledonia) and by Do Huu Hoang and collaborators (Institute of Oceanography, Viet Nam), respectively. Then, Simon Foale (James Cook University, Australia) writes on the resilience of trochus and other nearshore artisanal fisheries in the Western Pacific, and Antoine Teitelbaum (SPC) and Sompert Rena (Vanuatu Fisheries Department) provide an update on marine gastropod and bivalve aquaculture in Vanuatu. Last but not least, Antoine Teitelbaum and Kim Friedman (SPC) outline the outcomes of the reintroduction of giant clams to the Indo-Pacific region. As usual, we have included for your perusal a list of pertinent abstracts published in different sources over the past 18 months.

As you can see, we continue to make progress in broadening the scope and increasing the appeal of the bulletin – sincere thanks to those of you who have shared in this adventure. Our dream for the next issue (#15) would be to receive an even larger selection of articles dealing with a diversity of marine molluscs from a wide range of geographical areas. We remind readers and potential contributors that while this publication will remain focused on species of commercial significance to Indo-Pacific communities, such as giant clam, conch and trochus, we are always looking for complementary information on other species (of marine gastropods and bivalves), regions (i.e. Caribbean, Mediterranean, etc.) and endeavours (e.g. regional surveys, emerging aquaculture or fisheries programmes, workshops and conferences, relevant biological data, aquarium trade information). All forms of contributions are welcome, as are suggestions from scientists, hobbyists, managers and stakeholders regarding possible topics of interest.

We are counting on you all to help us get the next issue ready for publication in a year or so – maybe even less. Seize this opportunity to make yourself and your work known and perhaps get feedback from others involved in this constantly evolving field of research and business. We cannot wait to hear about new projects and novel findings.

Meanwhile, enjoy issue #14 and please share it with your friends and colleagues.

Jean-François Hamel and Annie Mercier


Trochus niloticus (Linnae 1767) growth in Wallis Island
Lemouellic S., Chauvet C. (pdf: 367 KB)
Growth rate of Trochus niloticus (L., 1767) fed different food types
Hoang D.H., Tuyen H.T., Lu H.D. (pdf: 124 KB)
Appraising the resilience of trochus and other nearshore artisanal fisheries in the Western Pacific
Foale S. (pdf: 161 KB)
Update on aquaculture of marine gastropods and bivalves in Vanuatu
Teitelbaum A., Gereva S. (pdf: 469 KB)
Successes and failures in reintroducing giant clams in the Indo-Pacific region
Teitelbaum A., Friedman K. (pdf: 552 KB)

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