Coastal Fisheries Programme

Number 151 (September–December 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 beaming smile of Jacob Sam Hioau, from Solomon Islands, preparing a grouper for lunch speaks volumes; having such a nice-sized reef fish to share is a rare privilege.

In the highlands of Monsavu, in the centre of Viti Levu, Fiji, the people of Rewasau have almost no access to reef fish because of the remoteness and inaccessibility of their village. However, an industrious group of women have set up small tilapia farms, and they use the fish not only to put food on village tables, but also to pay for services, because, as Tim Pickering explains, ‘… fish is a much sought-after source of protein for people in the highlands’ (see article).

The declining reef resources in the Pacific Island region are under threat from a number of sources, including from illegal fishers travelling all the way from Southeast Asia on so-called ‘blue boats’, which have been found operating in domestic waters of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and, recently, as far south as Australia and New Caledonia. Francisco Blaha describes the conundrum for countries in the region: ‘For countries where the poaching takes place, there is a huge drain on local finances when these boats are caught, and a huge drain on the locals’ livelihoods when they are not.’ (see article)

This issue describes a number of efforts across the Pacific Islands region to ensure that Pacific people maintain their access to healthy and plentiful marine resources, and to continue to bring smiles – like Jacob’s – to the faces of many more Pacific people.

Aymeric Desurmont
Fisheries Information Specialist




Jacob Sam Hioau preparing a grouper for lunch in Rara, Solomon Islands (image: J. van der Ploeg, WorldFish).

In this issue


  • Taking the fish to the mountains: Tilapia fish farming and the women of Rewasau Village, Monasavu, Fiji (pdf: )

  • The tuna pelagic ecosystem: The exciting inside story! Setting up an ecosystem monitoring system (pdf: )

  • Kiribati – Fish smarter, fish safer, fish better (pdf: )

  • Marine conservation agreements as innovative financial mechanisms for biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries in the Pacific: The Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park in Fiji (pdf: )

  • The Marshall Island Marine Resource Authority (MIMRA) reaps the benefits of its equal employment opportunity practices (pdf: )


  • Logging the biodiversity and significance of sharks and rays in the Pacific (pdf: )

  • 2016: Sharks in a post-truth world (pdf: )

  • Illegal fishing in the central and South Pacific (pdf: )

  • A new chapter in aquaculture for Fiji (pdf: )

  • Evaluating the impacts of efforts to improve postharvest processing of sea cucumber in Fiji (pdf: )


  • The history of SPC’s involvement in fisheries development in the Pacific – Part 2: The 21st century (pdf: )

  • A short history of the Skipjack Survey and Assessment Programme (SSAP) [Part 2] (pdf: )

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