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.
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
Scientists are attempting to reduce the amount of bycatch in the tuna industry by utilizing sonar technology to better understand the number of fish species and the kind of fish that can be targeted, according to new research… Read More
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… Read More
Last year was a record-setting one for Pacific island nations, with revenues from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement’s purse-seine vessel day scheme netting USD 500 million (EUR 443.3 million) ...
Photo courtesy of Pacific Islands Tuna Industry… Read More
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,… Read More
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… Read More