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Thursday, 05 September 2013 15:07

samI arrived to be part of a team of five people in 2008, and that has grown to nine by 2013, but the nature of our project funding means that there are always changes in the team and 2013 has been no exception.

In January Dr Carola Kirchner joined the team from Namibia where she was the lead stock assessment scientist, to work supporting the needs of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement. This position has been funded through the Pew Charitable Trusts and the World Bank and over the two years of the project Carola will be driving the development of Harvest Control Rules (HCRs) and supporting the development of bioeconomic models for the purse seine fishery.

Pacific Island Tuna Scientists in town
Monday, 01 July 2013 00:00

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Fisheries scientists and technicians from most of the SPC island membership converged on Noumea this week to learn more about the way that SPC’s Oceanic Fisheries Programme is assessing their shared tuna stocks, and to suggest ways in which OFP outputs could be directed even more usefully in helping them to answer the questions asked by Pacific Island tuna fishery decision-makers.

6th Annual Tuna Stock Assessment Workshops
Friday, 22 July 2011 14:03

sawA record number of participants attended this year’s annual stock assessment workshops hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Oceanic Fisheries Programme (SPC-OFP). A total of 30 participants from 23 Pacific countries attended the workshops which are now recognised as an important program in capacity building for fisheries officers and managers in the region. This year, for the first time, participants were introduced to the Tuna Management Simulator (TUMAS) a new software tool developed by the OFP that allows fishery managers and advisors to evaluate the performance of different management options.  TUMAS allows commission members to explore and compare the results of different management options and assists them to make management decisions and negotiate at regional fisheries meetings.

An improved version of the MULTIFAN-CL software
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 14:29

mutifan-clScientists at SPC have been using the MULTIFAN-CL software for over ten years to assess the status of tuna and tuna-related species in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. SPC scientist Nick Davies, along with the chief developer Dave Fournier of Otter Research Limited, has just released an updated version of the software that allows for faster and more efficient analysis of management options. The model also has new features so that it can include 300,000+ tags released in SPC’s highly successful Pacific Tuna Tagging Programme.


The Shark TAGging Information System (STAGIS)
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 11:18

Carcharhinus longimanusSPC-OFP is very pleased to announce the launching of STAGIS the Shark TAGging Information System, which is now hosted on the SPC-OFP website for free public access. It can be accessed at http://www.spc.int/ofp/shark/.

This database was populated through the contributions of numerous shark researchers, who gave generously of their information and time to support this effort, as well as through a literature review conducted by SPC-OFP.


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