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Ecosystem Monitoring and Analysis
Friday, 21 November 2008 11:12

The Ecosystem Monitoring and Analysis section within the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) undertakes a wide range of activities that meet Objective 3 of OFP's Strategic Plan, namely:

“Improved understanding of pelagic ecosystems in the western and central Pacific Ocean”

Within the section, we have five result areas under the strategic plan.

  • Result 3.1 Enhanced data on the biological characteristics of oceanic species and their environment are available to support stock assessment and ecosystem-based fisheries management
  • Result 3.2 Appropriate ecosystem models and analyses are available to inform ecosystem-based fisheries management
  • Result 3.3 Regional oceanic fisheries policy and decision-making by WCPFC is informed by science-based information and advice on ecosystem issues
  • Result 3.4 FFA’s ecosystem-based fisheries management initiatives are supported by the best scientific information and advice
  • Result 3.5 Ecosystem-based management of oceanic fisheries by SPC members is supported by the best scientific information and advice
Four years of data to enhance our knowledge on bigeye tuna
Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:21

FishPredominantly west-to-east movements and geographical concentration – the Equatorial Pacific bigeye tuna’s behaviour is gradually revealing its secrets. This and other findings have been reported in a new scientific paper authored by scientists from SPC and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, published recently in the journal Fisheries Research.

Tuna tissue bank for ecosystem management in the Pacific
Friday, 10 October 2014 12:09

FishSince 2001, SPC’s Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) has been coordinating the collection of biological samples of pelagic species from all over the Pacific Islands region on behalf of its member countries.

Initially, this collection was focussed on stomach, muscle and liver samples to understand the trophic structure of the pelagic ecosystem (i.e. who eats who, where, and when); however, this has expanded to include gonads (reproductive organs), otoliths (ear bones), spines and blood, giving the opportunity to study reproduction, age, growth and contaminant concentrations.

CP10 tagging cruise collaborates with ISSF and industry to do research on drifting fads
Friday, 10 October 2014 16:25

FishIn last August 2014, SPC fisheries scientist Bruno Leroy was in charge for this 25 day cruise that drove the Tongan FV Pacific Sunrise through the waters of American Samoa, Tokelau, Cook Islands and Kiribati-Phoenix Islands. The Central Pacific (CP) tuna tagging cruises were originally designed to tag tuna in areas where pole and line boats could not really work due to the scarcity of live baits and also to increase the releases of tagged bigeye tuna that are rarely caught in the surface fisheries in the western part of the Pacific.

New fish species discovered in the waters of New Caledonia
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:51

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

FishWhile on a boat not far from Toombo Reef near Boulari Pass on 11 August 2014, Pierre and William Larue found a small silvery fish floating on the water.

The fish was first given to the IRD (French Institute of Research for Development) and then SPC took over the task of identifying this small hatchetfish from the Sternoptychidae family.


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