Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems

Sixth SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting
9-13 February 2009, Noumea, New Caledonia



Meeting Outcomes

6th SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting Outcomes

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Informal Papers

Inf 1 - Meeting arrangements

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Inf 2 - Annotated agenda

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Inf 3 - Provisional list of participants

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Working Papers

WP 1 - SPC Marine Resources Division overview

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WP 2 - Coastal Fisheries Programme workplan report for 2008 and work plan summary for 2009

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WP 3 - Oceanic Fisheries Programme annual report 2008 and work plan 2009

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WP 4 - The impact of climate change on Pacific fisheries

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WP 5 - Fish for food security in the Pacific

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WP 6 - Aquatic biosecurity and trade

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WP 7 - Implementing the ecosystem approach to fisheries management

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WP 8 - Increased demands for tuna fisheries data management in Pacific Island member countries

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WP 9 - Building capacity in stock assessment for tuna fishery management

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WP 10 - Current status and future direction of tuna fishery observer programmes in Pacific Island member countries and territories

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Information Papers

IP 1 - Draft identification document for SCICOFish Project

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IP 2 - Outcomes of the 5th Heads of Fisheries Meeting, April 2006

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IP 3 - Terms of Reference for the Review of the Oceanic and Coastal Fisheries Programmes

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IP 4 - Terms of Reference for the joint FFA/SPC study "Forecasting the future of Pacific Islands Fisheries"

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IP 5 -SPC Guidelines for Strategic Programme Plans

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IP 6 - Marine studies and aquaculture training at the University of the South Pacific

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IP 7 - PIMRIS - Information session for SPC's 6th Heads of Fisheries Meeting

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IP 8 - Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations (FAO) Sub-Regional Office for The Pacific Islands (SAP)

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Background Papers

BP 1 - SCICOFish

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BP 2 - SMACFish

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BP 3 - Planning the use of fish for food security in the Pacific

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BP 4 - Use of hatcheries to increase production of sea cucumbers

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BP 5 - WCPFC AND SPC-OFP: A key partnership

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BP 6 - Aquaculture outputs against Strategic Plan 2006-08

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BP 7 - The ecosystem approach to coastal fisheries and aquaculture in Pacific Island countries

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BP 8 - Ciguatera and Related Biotoxins Conference 2008 - Outcomes of the Meeting

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SCIFISH Project Steering Committee Meeting Papers

Meeting Agenda

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SCIFISH - Annual Report 2008

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SCIFISH - Provisional 2009 Work Plan and Cost Estimate
(1 January 2009 – 31 December 2009)

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Information about  SPC's Heads of Fisheries Meeting

The SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting is part of SPC's corporate governance structure. SPC's main governing councils, the biennial Conference of the Pacific Community and the annual Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA), are the ultimate decision-making bodies for the organisation and decide the strategic direction, annual work-programme and budget. However, SPC is large compared to other Pacific Island regional organisations, and its work-programme covers a number of different sectors. CRGA obtains advice from several sectoral specialist councils, and the Heads of Fisheries meeting is one of these.

The Heads of Fisheries meeting covers both of SPC's Fisheries Programmes: Oceanic and Coastal. It has historically placed more emphasis on Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP) business than the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) because the work of the OFP is also guided by several other regional meetings involving member countries, including the Scientific Committee for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the Forum Fisheries Committee. However, HoF is the conduit through which any consensus formal recommendations of SPC member country fisheries specialists reach the SPC CRGA, which itself governs the entire work programme, including both OFP and CFP.

HoF also remains the only opportunity for Pacific Island fisheries heads to generally discuss domestic and reef fisheries issues and problems together, and to provide essential feedback to the direction of the SPC Coastal Fisheries Programme. Although the CFP convenes occasional specialist meetings, such as recent meetings on coastal fisheries management and aquaculture, these are to advise on special topics, and only take place at irregular intervals. The Heads of Fisheries meeting is intended to cover the entire range of work of national and territorial fisheries administrations. It may even discuss issues outside the current range of the SPC work-programme, and this "big-picture" view of fisheries is essential for longer-term planning and is also of considerable assistance to other agencies, regional NGOs and donors interested in national as well as regional issues.

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