Programme Pêche Côtière
Jeffrey Kinch
Community and Coastal Fisheries Social Scientist

Pacific Community
98848 Noumea Cedex
New Caledonia

Téléphone: + 687 26 20 00

Information: Originally from Australia, Jeff has lived in Papua New Guinea since 1998 when he started his anthropology PhD fieldwork on marine resource use, management and access in the Milne Bay Province.

Following this, Jeff was involved in the development and initial implementation of the United Nations Development Program’s ‘Milne Bay Community-based Coastal and Marine Conservation Program’ before moving to Fiji in 2003 to work as the Community Development Specialist with the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International.

In 2004, Jeff returned to PNG to take up the position as the Coastal Fisheries Advisor with the University of Papua New Guinea, providing technical assistance to the European Union’s ‘Rural Coastal Fisheries Development Project’, the Asian Development Bank’s ‘Coastal Fisheries Management and Development Project’, and the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council’s PNG leatherback turtle project as a mitigation program for the Hawaiian long-line fishery.

In 2006 and 2018, Jeff worked as a consultant, acquiring an extensive knowledge of coastal and island livelihood strategies throughout the Pacific.

From 2008–2010, Jeff was the Coastal Management Advisor with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program, based in Samoa.

Jeff then returned to PNG and for the last eight years, he has been the Principal of the National Fisheries Authority’s National Fisheries College and the Nago Island Mariculture and Research Facility in the New Ireland Province.

Jeff formally joined the Pacific Community in November 2018 under the 'Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership' Program as the Community and Coastal Fisheries Social Scientist.

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