SustainPacFish – New web portal links to information on sustaining and conserving Pacific oceanic fisheries

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Jenni Metcalfe

Jenni Metcalfe

I revel in work that I love doing - out in a paddock talking with a farmer about how he manages a variable and changing climate; in a sunny room in Africa hearing researchers talk simply about the implications of their work to a local journalist; or on the top or a mountain on Hinchinbrook Island with a team of researchers conducting flora or fauna surveys. I have worked as a science communication consultant since 1995 and no two days are ever the same. It's a job that combines my education and experience in science and journalism. It's work where I passionately strive to make a difference to people lives and the places they live in.
I am founder and director of Econnect Communication. Our company is a team of talented and skilled science communicators. Our vision is to 'bring science to life'.
Jenni Metcalfe

SustainPacFish is a new web portal designed to provide Pacific fisheries managers and industry with links to the latest information about measures to conserve and manage Pacific fisheries, especially tuna.

Launched today (23 March 2018), SustainPacFish is an initiative of the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project (OFMP2) funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

FFA Director General, JamesMovick, says SustainPacFish was designed after surveying potential users of the Pacific. It publishes the latest information about conservation management measures and actions to implement them.

“Our aim is to link people involved in fish in the Pacific – industry, researchers, communities and government – with definitive information about management, policies and practices that lead to sustainable use of Pacific fisheries and the conservation of our marine resources,” he says.

The new web portal is carefully designed to meet the needs of those involved and interested in Pacific fisheries. 400 leading figures involved in different aspects of oceanic fisheries management and sustainability were asked what they wanted, and they nominated simplicity, clarity and a focus on data.

“I want to know how many fish are out there, how healthy the stocks are, and what is predicted for the future,” says one respondent. “That’s the only way we can write fishing policies that will keep our industry alive and well.”

Important information is already available through web sites operated by the FFA, Pacific Community (SPC) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

“This site is not to duplicate this information but to provide an easy one stop shop to these sites and others for fisheries managers, governments and industry.

“We provide links and summaries – that’s why we call it a portal, a doorway to access information”. Movick says SustainPacFish also synthesises and simplifies existing information about Pacific fisheries that is not already accessible on other websites.

Users of the site can choose from six topics: fish stocks, economics, catch & harvest, bycatch, compliance and observers.

Once users have selected their topic they can then choose to look at information and links on a whole of region scale or by looking at the subregional grouping of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).

Additional content on subregional agreements and on individual countries will be progressively added as will content about the activities, progress and outcomes of the OFMP2.

“There is a lot of management, compliance, policy and research work happening across the region at any given time, all related to ensuring the future of our tuna fisheries,” says Movick.

See: http://sustainpacfish.net/

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) initiated the OFMP2 project, which is being implemented by FFA and managed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The OFMP2:

  • Supports Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as the major bloc at the WCPFC to adopt regional conservation and management measures
  • Supports innovative approaches being developed by Pacific SIDS at a sub-regional level, as they collaborate in fisheries of common interest
  • Assists SIDS to apply measures nationally in their own waters and to their fleets.

For more information contact:

OFMP2 Coordinator, Hugh Walton, hugh.walton@ffa.int

OFMP2 web portal contact, Jenni Metcalfe, jenni@econnect.com.au, phone +61 408 551 866

Author: Jenni Metcalfe

I revel in work that I love doing - out in a paddock talking with a farmer about how he manages a variable and changing climate; in a sunny room in Africa hearing researchers talk simply about the implications of their work to a local journalist; or on the top or a mountain on Hinchinbrook Island with a team of researchers conducting flora or fauna surveys. I have worked as a science communication consultant since 1995 and no two days are ever the same. It's a job that combines my education and experience in science and journalism. It's work where I passionately strive to make a difference to people lives and the places they live in. I am founder and director of Econnect Communication. Our company is a team of talented and skilled science communicators. Our vision is to 'bring science to life'.