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
July 6, 2020

The Australian government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), which assists farming and seafood industry companies export their produce overseas, has been extended until the end of the year.

In a statement, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the government has poured in an additional AUD 240 million (USD 167.5 million, EUR 147.7 million) in

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Published on
July 2, 2020

New Zealand-based company X-Craft has announced it has developed an unmanned sea vessel, designed for extreme endurance at sea, that can assist nations in the Pacific in combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

X-Craft CEO Philip Solaris told SeafoodSource that the company is looking for ways to enhance protection of the ocean, especially in the Pacific.

Called the Proteus, the unmanned vessel will feature an

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Published on
June 25, 2020

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) recently announced that the Australian government is investing AUD 4 million (USD 2.8 million, EUR 2.4 million) into to the organization to fund a national marketing campaign to promote domestic seafood in the country – a move that will support the nation’s seafood industry as it recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In a press release, SIA said the money would help

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Published on
June 18, 2020

American Samoa continues to depend on the tuna-canning industry as a key pillar of its economy, according to a new United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week, but the government of American Samoa is worried that a planned minimum wage increase for 2021 will have a negative impact to the economy.

The report is the fifth iteration in a series of U.S. Government Accountability Office reviews to examine economic

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Published on
June 5, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in Auckland, New Zealand-based Sanford Limited seeing a 17 percent drop in profits for the first half of 2020 ... 

Photo courtesy of Sanford

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Published on
May 29, 2020

Pacific Fisheries officials, on 21 May, extended a suspension of 100 percent observer coverage requirements on all purse-seiners fishing in the waters of member-nations to 31 July.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), in a circular memo, endorsed the extension of the measure, stating that the “temporary suspension will apply to new trips after a vessel operator has met any requirement for repatriation of

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Published on
May 22, 2020

The Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association (ASBTIA) has obtained Friend of the Sea certification after a review process indicated it meets the organization’s standards. 

The association is a pioneer of global tuna farming, and represents the southern bluefin tuna industry in Australia. The group’s members represent 90 percent of Australia’s quota, including Australian Fishing Enterprises – which

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Published on
May 18, 2020

The long-awaited project to build a dock for larger American Samoa fishing vessels broke ground on 7 April, and had a groundbreaking ceremony on 7 May, according to a press release from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

The new berthing area extends the current dock by 450 feet, and will grant the longliner fleet in the area its first dedicated space. Local longliners currently berth “opportunistically” at the

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Published on
May 5, 2020

The South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) has expressed concerns that the French seismic company CGG will be concluding its seismic survey in southeast Australia without compensating fishers that have been affected by the operation.

CGG Services covered more than 13,000 square kilometers of seabed east of Melbourne, mapping for oil and gas reserves. SETFIA said that CGG is required by the Australian government to pay

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Published on
May 4, 2020

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Huon Aquaculture Group Limited has modified its harvest program of its 2019 year-class salmon until the market begins to normalize.

In a 29 April market update, the Tasmania, Australia-based salmon company said it is expected to decrease its targeted harvest, which was initially projected to be at least 25,000 metric tons (MT), by between 5 and 10 percent.

“Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19

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