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 3, 2019

Ocean-based solutions can play an important role in the fight against climate change, according to a new scientific report published last week at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York City, U.S.A.

The report, “The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change: Five Opportunities for Action,” written by a consortium of scientsts affiliated with the World Resources Institute, begins with the dramatic

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Published on
October 2, 2019

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), a trade group representing the country’s seafood industry, has called on the South Australian government to review a four-year statewide ban recently imposed on commercial snapper fishing.

In a press statement, SIA CEO Jane Lovell said the ban would result in hardship to the fishers who rely on fishing for their livelihood. 

“As a general principle, we need our fisheries managers to find ways to

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Published on
September 20, 2019

Despite what it calls a “challenging year,” New Zealand King Salmon Investments Ltd. (NZX & ASX: NZK) managed to achieve 8 percent growth in revenues to NZD 172.6 million (USD 108. 8 million, EUR 98.5 million) in the year ending on 30 June, despite impacts to fish survival  caused by high water temperatures.

According to its financial results for the 12 months ending 30 June, 2019, the company obtained its second-most

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Published on
September 11, 2019

Pacific island countries could lose an estimated USD 60 million (EUR 54.5 million) in revenue annually due to the impacts of climate change on the tuna population within the next 30 years, according to Conservation International (CI).  

In a fact sheet produced by CI with the assistance of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), modeling indicates increases in ocean temperature due to climate change

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Published on
August 30, 2019

New research showed that there is evidence of tuna spawning inside the large marine protected area of the Phoenix Islands in the Pacific nation of Kiribati. 

The research conducted by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution points to evidence that marine protected areas (MPAs) can play a critical role in protecting adult fish, including highly migratory species such as tuna, during spawning.

MPAs mandate that no extraction or

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Published on
August 23, 2019

New Zealand's biggest grocery distributor, Foodstuffs, has taken over Leigh Fisheries with the Lee Fish brand, which will be available in New World, PAK’nSAVE, and Four Square stores, as well as Gilmours wholesalers, by August.

Foodstuffs CEO Chris Quin said the acquisition of Leigh Fisheries will bring more value to quality seafood.

“We know New Zealanders want great value, they want us to care about the environment, and they want

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Published on
July 3, 2019

Changes to Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary – an area encompassing 500,000 square kilometers and roughly 80 percent of the country’s exclusive economic zone – will now allow fish exports in the domestic fishing zone. 

The law takes effect in 2020 and, although the ban on fish exports has been lifted, 80 percent of the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will still be a no-take zone.

The changes also move the

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Published on
June 19, 2019

Yellowfin tuna in the Indian Ocean is being overfished and if unsustainable harvesting continues, it will bring the stocks to near-collapse, according to press statement from the environmental non-governmental organization Blue Marine Foundation deployed ahead of the ongoing 23rd Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. 

The London, United Kingdon-based NGO is calling on the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to take “decisive

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Published on
June 11, 2019

Fisheries ministers in the Pacific said while stocks of bigeye, yellowfin, albacore, and skipjack tuna are all to be in a healthy condition in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, there should be no room for complacency on management measures as it could “lead to increased commercial pressure on those fisheries.”

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement is made up of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Marshall Islands,

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Published on
June 3, 2019

Australia’s blue economy will get a boost from AUS 329 million (USD 227.4 million, EUR 204.3 million) in research project funding, according to a media release from the University of Queensland (UQ).

The funding will support seafood, renewable energy, and offshore engineering projects, which will be implemented by a team of UQ researchers and 40 other organizations to form a new cooperative research center (CRC).

The CRC brings together

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