New resource: Vulnerability and adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change


With funding assistance from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and in relation with an ongoing assessment of the vulnerability of coastal fisheries to climate change, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has launched a project to assist Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to design and field-test monitoring pilot projects to determine whether changes are occurring in the productivity of coastal fisheries and, if changes are found, to identify the extent to which such changes are due to climate change as opposed to other causes.

The project page is now hosted on the new SPC web site at the following address:

 From this page you’ll be able to download the following workshop report and study on climate change impacts on coastal fisheries in the Pacific as well as participate in online forums

Vulnerability and adaptation of coastal fisheries to climate change: Monitoring indicators and survey design for implementation in the Pacific workshop


The workshop was held at SPC from the 19th to the 22nd of April 2010. It's first objective was to identify what data are currently being collected in the Pacific, for what purpose they are being collected, and whether they will allow the separation of climate change effects from other effects to the coastal marine environments.

The second objective was to identify the optimum design of monitoring projects, in particular the set of practical indicators that PICTs need to monitor to detect climate change impacts on coastal fisheries and survey designs and methodologies that will make it possible to detect change in fisheries and attribute it to climate change.

Download Workshop Report (800 KB)


Monitoring the Vulnerability and Adaptation of Pacific Coastal Fisheries to Climate Change


SPC commissioned a study to MRAG Asia Pacific on the status of monitoring and research projects on climate change impact on coastal fisheries in the Pacific. The study objectives were the following :

  • Review of literature and consultation with experts in the field to identify the information needed to monitor climate change impacts on coastal fisheries.
  • Identification of organisations and individuals already working in this field in the Pacific Islands.
  • Recommend priorities for data collection and analysis to be initiated by the project.
  • Identification of locations and partners for field testing, with a view to developing sustainable arrangements after the end of the project.

Download MRAG Report