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
January 23, 2020

Biomar Australia has announced it will start commissioning a USD 38 million (EUR 34.5 million) feed mill in Wesley Vale in early February,  with an official opening planned for April and full production to start in the middle of 2020.

BioMar Australia Chief Executive Officer David Whyte said in a press statement that 2020 will be a “big year” for the company.

He added that the new feed mill is set to produce up to 110,000 metric

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Published on
January 20, 2020

Huon Aquaculture is defending itself from a campaign launched by Environment Tasmania (ET), calling claims the NGO made about Huon’s operations “false and malicious” and lacking factual evidence.

In a press statement last week, Huon – one of the three Tasmanian farmed salmon companies rated by the ET report – said that the campaign “has been designed to damage the brand reputation of one of

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Published on
January 14, 2020

Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), in late November 2019, completed the purchase of a fisheries information management system (FIMS) it says will aid in the effective management of fisheries in the region’s waters.  

In 2018, the PNA said the FIMS “revolutionized management” of the tuna fishery. The PNA used the system for two years, before finally deciding to buy the system outright.  

A new PNA-owned

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Published on
January 7, 2020

The New Year ushered in Palau’s much-touted environmental law, creating a marine sanctuary which will close 80 percent of Palau’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to fishing and all other extractive activities such as mining, shark-finning, and transshipment – creating one of the largest marine protected areas in the world.

The marine sanctuary law, which took effect on 1 January, 2020, covers an area of about 500,000 square

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Published on
December 27, 2019

New Zealand longline fishers have hailed the approval of the United Kingdom-designed Hookpod last week, a device designed to prevent sea bird bycatch.

The Hookpod is a device that has been tested to be effective in eliminating the bycatch of albatross and other sea birds, without having a negative effect on target species catch rate in the surface longline fishing industry. In a press release, Hookpod lauded New Zealand’s approval of the

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Published on
December 26, 2019

The Micronesian Association for Sustainable Aquaculture (MASA) and Kiribati finalized this month a regional business development strategy that will further sustain aquaculture activities region, the Pacific Community (SPC) announced in a press statement.

The new strategy, the SPC said, is part of a regional project funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and implemented by the Pacific Community since 2017.

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Published on
December 16, 2019

Despite an agreement on a resolution addressing climate change’s impact on the fisheries it regulates, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) failed to tackle several key issues at its annual meeting, which took place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, last week.

In its most notable move during the meeting, the commission adopted a climate change resolution introduced by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries (FFA) that

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Published on
December 12, 2019

Pacific bigeye, yellowfin, albacore, and skipjack tuna are all reported to be in healthy condition, according to a 2018 stock assessment announced this week during the 16th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The Pacific Community’s (SPC) stock assessment report stated that the estimate of the total tuna catch in the WCPFC Convention Area for 2018 is 2,790,859 metric tons

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Published on
December 9, 2019

Pacific fisheries officials are calling on members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to band together and commit to an action plan that takes climate change’s impacts on its fisheries into account.

In a statement ahead of the week-long tuna commission meeting – taking place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, between 5 and 11 December – the 17-member Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) are

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Published on
December 6, 2019

Fish migration due to climate change has impacted the supply of albacore tuna in Fiji, bringing the supply down and leading the Pacific Fishing Company’s (PAFCO) Levuka factory to reduce its operations to a four-day work-week to maintain economically viable ...

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