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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.

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.

Scientific Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010 13:53

Logo of the WCPFCOne of the most important meetings for SPC’s Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) and SPC member countries and territories is the yearly Scientific Committee (SC) meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). The SC reviews the current state of scientific knowledge, and sends recommendations and advice to WCPFC, which manages the world’s largest and most valuable tuna fishery. In its role as thfe science provider to WCPFC, OFP provides stock assessments, fishery statistics and other scientific work. Before and during each meeting of the SC, OFP also gives scientific support to SPC member countries and territories.


New research plan provides a blueprint for addressing shark issues in the western and central Pacific
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 08:14

What should be done about sharks? Heavy fishing pressure is believed to be threatening some shark populations. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) has taken a major step toward addressing concerns about shark populations with initial approval of a three-year Shark Research Plan by its Scientific Committee (see Useful Shark Links, #1). The plan will be led by the Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and will contain assessment, research coordination and fishery statistics improvement components. The overall aim of the plan is to evaluate the status of blue, mako, oceanic whitetip, silky and thresher sharks in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) and to establish better datasets to support future assessments.  Following its recent endorsement by the Scientific Committee, the Shark Research Plan will be presented for full Commission approval at its annual meeting in Hawaii in December.


This article outlines the background and context of shark issues in the WCPO, introduces the key species and previews the forthcoming assessment work.


Stock Assessment and Modelling welcomes new staff
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 08:56

The second half of 2010 has been a time of expansion in the Stock Assessment and Modelling Team as funds have become available to establish more positions to meet the ever increasing demands in this area. The WCPFC funded two additional positions – one in general stock assessment and one specifically in shark stock assessment.



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