SPC and FFA work with Niue on catch limits
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:06

While purse seining and skipjack tuna are the critical species for many of the equatorial Pacific Island countries, south Pacific albacore tuna is the key species for many of those south Pacific Island countries like Niue. Niue and other members of subregional groups such as Te Vaka Moana have been concerned at the recent expansion of fishing activity in the region on albacore tuna and are looking at ways to strengthen the management arrangements.

Bycatch Mitigation News
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:36

Recent improvements to the web interface of the Bycatch Mitigation Information System (BMIS) have made it easier to use.

Firstly, new user tips on the main search pages for both bycatch mitigation methods and references will help you to find what you're looking for.

Secondly, with one click you can now move from a description of a mitigation method to a list of related references or, alternatively, to a list of related tuna RFMO regulations.

Lastly, you will find an improved layout when you click through to detailed reference information.

If you are interested in bycatch news, please look at our home page or subscribe to our RSS feeds.

The illustration above is of a circle hook.·Circle hooks are employed as a bycatch reduction technique in commercial·fisheries and catch-and-release·recreational fisheries. However, they were probably first·used by Polynesian and Amerindian fishermen in the Pacific·hundreds or even thousands of·years ago.

More on the BMIS...

Partnership with SPC supports sustainable development of Solomon Islands tuna fisheries
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:41

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Joint media release by Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and SPC.

In Honiara last week, Mike Batty, Director of SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, presented the findings of a six-month study on Solomon Islands tuna fisheries to Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) staff and key stakeholders.

Overfishing of western Pacific bigeye tuna continues
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:46

policy_briefsOverfishing of bigeye tuna continues in the western and central Pacific tuna fishery, the world’s biggest tuna fishery, according to the 2010 tuna fishery assessment report released this month by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Though the species is not at risk of extinction, and is never likely to be, the assessment found that bigeye fishing effort needs to be reduced by at least 32% from the average levels for 2006–2009 to ensure long-term sustainability.

Using fisheries and biological data, some going back to the 1950s, SPC has assessed the trends and current stocks of the four tuna species mainly targeted by fishers: skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye and south Pacific albacore.


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Tuna Tagging: Releases / Recoveries
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 15:37


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New study on albacore reveals that males grow larger than females
Thursday, 21 June 2012 10:43

plos_oneIn the first stock-wide study of tuna growth, scientists at SPC have discovered that male South Pacific albacore (Thunnus alalunga) grow larger than females, and that albacore in the central Pacific grow larger than those in the west.

Published in the journal PLoS ONE, the research article is authored by scientists from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Australia’s CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.

The study was made possible by the dedication and significant efforts from the many fisheries observers, port samplers, fishers and scientists who participated in the collection of over 3000 otoliths (ear bones) and other biological samples from albacore across the South Pacific Ocean, from the east coast of Australia to Pitcairn Islands.

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.


Pacific Tuna Tagging
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 08:15

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is currently conducting a region-wide tuna tagging project to collect critical information for the assessment of these important resources.

Tagging consists of catching tunas and deploying conventional (plastic dart tags inserted into the dorsal musculature) or electronic tags (surgically implanted into the body cavity) before releasing them in the wild. When fishermen find a tagged tuna, information concerning the recovery is forwarded to SPC.

The specific objectives of this research are to obtain information on the growth, movements, natural mortality and fishing mortality of the tuna, information·which is required to estimate the status of the stocks and the impacts of fishing.

Read more on the Tuna Tagging Website...

Fiji National Tuna Data Workshop : Good data = Good decisions - Fiji
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:12

Collecting and managing information is the core task for the majority of staff employed in Pacific Island Fishery government agencies. The tuna data they collect provides a clear picture of the fishery, a solid basis for management decisions and offers an appreciation of historical fishing patterns.  To support this work, SPC has run a series of regional workshops aimed at sharing the best practices for gathering and preparing tuna data, which are subsequently used in the management of the tuna fishery in the western and central Pacific (see http://www.spc.int/oceanfish/en/meetingsworkshops/tdw).   To convey the message even further and facilitate the implementation at the country level, a series of national data workshops have also been undertaken since the start of 2010.

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.


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