Pacific Catalyst, a partnership of fishery management experts in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific (USP), today announced their official launch and described several projects they have underway. They also introduced their new website at PacificCatalyst.org.
With experience in fisheries policy and management, economic impact evaluation, and education and training, Pacific Catalyst team members will work to provide policy analysis that may be useful to organizations such as the Forum Fisheries Agency, Pacific Community and other established institutions, to enhance both the sustainability and value of marine resources. Their work will focus on tuna fisheries to begin, but could eventually involve nearshore fisheries as well.
"Through USP we will support the next generation of students and professionals who will manage Pacific fisheries for years to come," said founding director Transform Aqorau. "Although Pacific Catalyst is just getting started, our team has over 100 years combined experience in fisheries education, science and policy-setting across the Pacific. Our advisors bring many decades of experience as well. What we all share is a very clear optimism that when we combine the energy of motivated students and forward-looking fisheries managers with innovative strategies, we can ensure the future health of our fisheries and Pacific island communities. Our research will help form the foundation of those strategies."
Initiatives currently underway include:
In addition to USP, Pacific Catalyst is currently supported by The University of Wollongong, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and Environmental Defense Fund.
"We welcome inquiries from prospective students, fisheries officials, private sector fishing companies and from non-governmental organizations, especially those involved in tuna fisheries," said Salome Taufa, a Pacific Catalyst team member based in Suva, Fiji. "Tuna are an amazing life force in our ocean, one that we draw sustenance and inspiration from. Working together, we can help sustain that force for generations to come."
Pacific Catalyst supports achievement of regional oceanic and coastal fisheries goals and the emergence of a new generation of fisheries managers. Partners include the University of the South Pacific, the University of Wollongong, Duke University, iTunaIntel and Environmental Defense Fund. For more information please visit PacificCatalyst.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.