Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 126 (July-September 2008)

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

Produced with financial assistance from France, Australia and New Zealand


Welcome to this issue of the Fisheries Newsletter. In the article by Michel Blanc et al., the authors report on the outcome of a pilot project in Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, to turn fish waste into fish silage for use as a fertiliser and/or livestock food additive.

Antoine Teitelbaum and Sompert Gereva present the results of a small-scale anemonefish farming trial in Vanuatu. The main goal of this project is to determine whether anemonefish farming could be a viable activity in rural areas in Vanuatu. Anemonefish are among the most popular aquarium fish, and hatchery production is practised commercially on a routine basis in many developed areas.

William Sokimi, describes the deployment of two sub-surface FADs in New Caledonia, the design of the FADs being inspired (at a cheaper cost) from the Okinawa FAD.

Jean-Paul Gaudechoux

Fisheries Information Adviser

In this issue


Reef Fisheries Observatory (pdf: )

  • Technical assistance to Palau to develop sea cucumber fishery management plan
  • Finfish presentation to the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium
  • Some early socioeconomic findings
  • Pacific Islands Marine Data and Observations Training Workshop
  • Sub-regional underwater visual census finfish workshops
  • Live Reef Fish Trade Initiative assistance to Samoa
  • Attachment training for Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority fisheries officer
  • Kosrae marine aquarium resources survey report

Coastal Fisheries Management Section (pdf: )

  • Developing Palau's sea cucumber fishery's management plan

Aquaculture Section (pdf: )

  • Training for seaweed farmers and project field-men in Fiji Islands

Nearshore Fisheries Development and Training Section (pdf: )

  • Review of the WWF pilot fish aggregating device in the Galapagos Islands
  • Assistance to a domestic longline company in the Cook Islands
  • FAD fishing methods and small boat safety workshop in Suva, Fiji Islands
  • Second Pacific Island fisheries evidence training and investigation course


  • Coastal fisheries in the Pacific Islands region
  • Boats shed their old skin


  • Bathymetric mapping using a combination of sonar data and satellite imagery, by Franck Magron (pdf: )
  • From sea to soil: Adding value to fish waste, by Angus McNeil, Michel Blanc, and Kim Des Rochers (pdf: )
  • Vanuatu's first ornamental anemonefish (Amphiprion spp.) hatchery trials, by Antoine Teitelbaum and Sompert Rena Gereva (pdf: )
  • Development of subsurface FADs in the Pacific Islands region, including deployment of two subsurface FADs in New Caledonia, by William Sokimi (pdf: )

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