Bernadette Carreon

Bernadette Carreon

Contributing Editor

Bernadette Carreon is a Palau-based journalist who has covered the Pacific for more than 15 years. She was born in the Philippines but has made Palau her home since 2001. A journalist for almost two decades, Bernadette has been selected to attend numerous trainings in covering and writing about Pacific fisheries. She has written for Agence France Presse, Marianas Business Journal, Radio Australia, Island Times and Pacific Media Network. She is also a co-founder of the Palau-based online news organization Pacific Note.

Published on
October 19, 2021

Trade group Seafood Industry Australia is welcoming the Australian government's creation of a new visa program, hailing it as a means to address a labor shortage in Australia's seafood sector.

SIA said the newly created Australian Agriculture Worker Visa (Ag Visa) program will provide a “long-term, reliable workforce” for the commercial seafood sector.

“The Australian seafood industry has been heavily

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Published on
October 12, 2021

A New Zealand man and his company were fined for illegally trading nearly NZD 1 million (USD 693,758, EUR 601,258) worth of pāua and crayfish caught near the Chatham Islands.

The man, Michael Vernon Weaver, and his company, Southern Ocean Seafoods Limited, faced 19 joint charges under New Zealand's Fisheries Act for trading more than 12 metric tons of unreported seafood, valued at more than NZD 900,000 (USD 626,000, EUR 541,000), a media

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Published on
October 6, 2021

A partnership between the Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Nature Conservancy will supply canned tuna to Walmart stores for the store’s Great Value brand across the United States.

The new joint venture, dubbed Pacific Island Tuna (PIT), is “designed to transform the global canned tuna supply chain,” according to a Nature Conservancy announcement. The new business model is intended to give Pacific islanders the

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Published on
September 30, 2021

Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia, Australia-based Austral Fisheries’ long-serving chief financial officer Greg Johnston has announced his

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Published on
September 28, 2021

Auckland, New Zealand-based Sanford Limited has been fined NZD 375,000 (USD 263,000, EUR 225,000) and ordered to pay NZD 121,860 (USD 85,500, EUR 73,000) in reparations and NZD 35,000 (USD 24,500, EUR 21,000) in costs to the family of a crewmember who died while working on one of the company’s fishing vessels.

In a prepared statement, Sanford said it takes full responsibility for the tragedy that led to the death of the

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Published on
September 24, 2021

Neighbours of Fish Farming (NOFF), a group promoting “sustainable, responsible fish farming,” has decried the existence of “secret” maps made by the Tasmanian government the organization claims show evidence the government plans to allow for an expansion of local salmon farming.

The government of the Australian state of Tasmania announced it will be developing a 10-year salmon plan, beginning on 1 January, 2023, according

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Published on
September 22, 2021

For two years, starting on 11 September, New Zealand’s east Coromandel scallop fishery is closed after concerns were raised about the sustainability of the stock …

Image courtesy of New Zealand Ministry for Primary

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Published on
September 1, 2021

Australia’s aquaculture  sector is now the largest segment of the country’s seafood industry. It grew 10 percent in 2019 to 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the country's latest fisheries and aquaculture statistics.

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) said the growth recorded by the sector despite the hardships brought about by the pandemic is a cause for celebration. 

“It’s no secret it’s

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Published on
September 1, 2021

The Fishing Industry Association of Papua New Guinea (FIA-PNG) has urged the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to implement harvest strategies for tuna or risk losing Marine Stewardship Council certification.

In a statement on Wednesday, 1 September, FIA-PNG President and Chairman Sylvester Pokajam said it's important for his organization to maintain its MSC certification and urged the WCPFC to get serious about

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Published on
August 18, 2021

Leaders of Pacific island nations are encouraging the region’s governments to prioritize the vaccination of fishing crews and seafarers in their national vaccination programs.

In a communique released by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders last week, 18 member countries and territories stated that vaccination will facilitate the transit and return of fishing crew and seafarers to their countries. The leaders have

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