SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY
FISHERIES DATABASE SUPERVISOR
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an international organisation that provides technical and policy advice and assistance, training and research services to its Pacific Island members. It works in a wide range of sectors, including natural resources (agriculture, fisheries and forestry), health, statistics, human development, information and communication technology and social issues. SPC was established in 1947. It has 26 member countries and territories and its working languages are English and French. The organisation has been expanding rapidly and now has approximately 350 staff and a total annual budget of XPF 4.9 billion (approximately USD 60 million).
SPC’s headquarters is in Noumea, New Caledonia. It also has regional offices in Suva, Fiji Islands and in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. SPC has gained a reputation for providing ‘real solutions to real problems’ in the Pacific (SPC Corporate Review, 2005) and strives to maintain professionalism, integrity and pragmatism in delivering its services. Additional information on SPC can be found on its website: www.spc.int.
The Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) is part of SPC’s Marine Resources Division, and currently consists of 20 professional and 11 support staff. Its annual budget is approximately XPF 500 million (USD 6,500,000). OFP’s mission is to ‘provide member countries with the scientific information and advice necessary to rationally manage fisheries exploiting the region’s resources of tuna, billfish and related species’. The programme is comprised of three sections: Statistics & Monitoring, Stock Assessment & Modelling, and Biology & Ecology.