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Financial assessment of the marine trade of corals in Solomon Islands

For the Pacific Islands, the aquarium trade based on wild harvest of coral and other marine aquarium products is an important source of livelihoods for rural communities. However, concerns over its environmental effects have led to experimentation with and promotion of the culture of coral and other products. Until recently, very few studies have seriously investigated the scope, potential, impacts, costbenefits or long-term financial and bio-economic viability of wild collecting over the culture of marine aquarium commodities, particularly coral, or a combination of both activities.

Northern Bougainville Marine Resource Assesement, autonomous region of Bougainville : technical report of survey conducted from the 1st -25th November 2008

This survey was conducted in the northern part of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville between 1st – 25th of November 2008. The survey covered the western side and outer islands of Buka Island, the Saposa and Buka Town region and the Tinputz region on north eastern side of Bougainville Island. The survey team was comprised of marine scientists, conservationists and fisheries’ officers. The survey provided an assessment of the status of sea cucumbers, reef fish and corals in Northern Bougainville, with recommendations for their conservation and management.
Available online

Fully-protected marine reserves: a guide

Life in the sea is diverse, exciting, good to eat and provides a myriad of services to humanity, many of which we barely even comprehend. However, human activities now pose serious threats to the oceans’ biodiversity and their capacity to support productive fisheries, recreation, water purification and other services we take for granted. These threats come at a time when we still know little about the life that exists in the sea. Even species we have been catching and eating for hundreds of years such as cod, tuna or halibut, have unknown secrets.

Basic Information on the Marine Resources of the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands consists of 15 islands that extend over 1,500 kilometres of ocean in a north-south direction. The country is located between 156° and 167°W longitude and between 8° and 23°S latitude (central Polynesia), and has a 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 1,830,000 square kilometres.
See also another website of SPC on MMR Cook Islands
Call Number: MIN
Physical Description: v, 54 p. ; 26 cm, drawings, graphs

Mamanuca coral reef conservation project: Fiji 2001: pilot project final report

Much of Fiji’s wealth is generated by its extensive marine resources, which provide, for example, protein from fishing and income from tourism. However, a suite of factors currently threatens the ecological balance and health of Fiji’s reef ecosystems. Stakeholders in the Mamanuca Islands are aware of the value of conserving coral reefs and in 2001 invited Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) to assist in the implementation of a pilot project entitled ‘Mamanuca Coral Reef Conservation Project – Fiji 2001’ (MCRCP).
Available electronically

PACPLAN - Pacific Islands Regional Marine Spill : contingency plan

In a region sometimes called 'Oceania', the health of the ocean is fundamental to the health of all aspects of the entire Pacific Islands region. Marine pollution is widely recognised as one of the three major threats to the world's oceans, along with habitat destruction and over-exploitation of living marine resources. Spills of oil and other chemicals into the marine environment, both from ships and land-based sources, is a significant source of pollution.
Final draft for endorsement
Call Number: VF 4946 [EL]