New book: Fisheries in the economies of Pacific Island countries and territories

Great new book from our friend Bob Gillett.

For the past year Bob has been working on a publication on the benefits from fisheries in the Pacific Islands region. Yesterday the 630-page book was officially launched at a meeting in Port Vila.

Fisheries in the economies of Pacific Island countries and territories
Fisheries in the economies
of Pacific Island countries and territories

Bob visited 18 Pacific Island countries and territories and worked with local consultants in various locations to compile research for the 2016 report, being published by SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division.

The book, Fisheries in the Economies of Pacific Island Countries and Territories, was launched by Forum Fisheries Ministers and Heads of Fisheries from Forum Island Countries and Tokelau.

This highly-anticipated book allows for a new baseline in assessing the value of fisheries in Pacific Island countries and territories.

The book contains for each of the 22 Pacific Island countries and territories information on:

  • The recent annual fishery harvests: values and volumes covering the six fishery production categories – (1) coastal commercial fishing, (2) coastal subsistence fishing, (3) locally-based offshore fishing, (4) foreign-based offshore fishing, (5) freshwater fishing, and (6) aquaculture.
  • Fishing contribution to gross domestic product GDP: the current fishing contribution, how it is calculated, and a production approach re-calculation based on annual harvest levels obtained during the study.
  • Fishery exports: amounts, types, and the ratio to all exports
  • Government revenue from the fisheries sector: access fees and other revenue
  • Fisheries employment
  • Fisheries contribution to nutrition
  • An analysis of the above features across all countries

The 630-page book is produced by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Australian Government and the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

Landmark Book “Fisheries in the Economies of Pacific” launched
Landmark Book “Fisheries in the Economies of Pacific” launched

Fisheries in the economies of Pacific Island countries and territories

by Robert Gillett

Fisheries is a critical sector for food security and economic growth in the Pacific region.

Maintaining up-to-date information about the impact of fisheries is critical for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) and their communities to make informed decisions about management of the sector, and for a range of development organisations, institutions and donors to plan and implement effective development assistance in collaboration with PICTs.

However, finding accurate and up-to-date data on the value of fisheries, and its numerous components, to the economies of Pacific Island countries and territories is very difficult, and this makes the assessment of development and change very difficult to measure over time.

This book contains

  • a fisheries-oriented discussion of macroeconomics,
  • country information on specific topics (fisheries production, contribution to GDP, etc.),
  • a discussion of important topics across all countries (e.g. the regional significance of fisheries access fees and exports of fishery products),
  • some important features of the benefits from fisheries that have emerged from this study, and
  • recommendations on improving the measurement of fisheries benefits and assuring the continuity of those benefits.

It provides a new baseline for assessing the value of fisheries to Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), both for measuring achievements and for assessing future improvements in sustainable fishery management.

It documents changes in the management of the Pacific tuna fishery, food security concerns for coastal fisheries in the face of growing populations, and the effects these have on the economies of PICTs.

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