The Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with the European Union (EU) has launched a series of animated videos targeting fishers, schools and the general public with the objective of raising awareness on sustainable fishing practices.
The series, called “Fisher’s Tales” aims at disseminating informative and educational toolkits amongst coastal communities from the Pacific region and includes short animated videos compatible with mass media and social networks. The videos will provide information on the habitat, nutrition and behaviour of key marine species, including sea cucumber, as well as advice on how to use these resources in a sustainable way.
The series will be adapted into local languages and disseminated across the 15 beneficiary countries that are part of the EU-Funded Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme. These countries are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Vanuatu.
Funded by the EU and the Government of Sweden, the EUR 45 million PEUMP programme promotes sustainable management and sound ocean governance for food security and economic growth, while addressing climate change resilience and conservation of marine biodiversity. It follows a comprehensive approach, integrating issues related to oceanic fisheries, coastal fisheries, community development, marine conservation and capacity building under one single regional action.
The Pacific Community has long been supporting its member countries in deploying a Community-based Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. This approach aims at equipping communities with technical information and advice on fish species and habitats upon which they rely for food security and livelihoods. The overall objective is to see local communities taking a leading role in sustainable management of fisheries resources.