New Caledonia PROCFish/C - Socio-Economic survey 2003-2007

Date created: 25 May 2022 Version 01

The coastal component of the Pacific Regional Oceanic and Coastal Fisheries Development Programme (PROCFish/C) conducted fieldwork in five locations around New Caledonia. As New Caledonia was the home base for the PROCFish/C project, fieldwork was conducted site by site between fieldwork activities in other countries. Fieldwork in New Caledonia was undertaken in March, April and November 2003; January, February, April, June, August and November 2004; April and May 2005; January to March 2006; and January and February 2007. New Caledonia is one of 17 Pacific Island countries and territories being surveyed over a 5–6 year period by PROCFish or its associated programme CoFish (Pacific Regional Coastal Fisheries Development Programme). The aim of the survey work was to provide baseline information on the status of reef fisheries, and to help fill the massive information gap that hinders the effective management of reef fisheries. Other programme outputs include: • implementation of the first comprehensive multi-country comparative assessment of reef fisheries (finfish, invertebrates and socioeconomics) ever undertaken in the Pacific Islands region using identical methodologies at each site; • dissemination of country reports that comprise a set of ‘reef fisheries profiles’ for the sites in each country in order to provide information for coastal fisheries development and management planning; • development of a set of indicators (or reference points to fishery status) to provide guidance when developing local and national reef fishery management plans and monitoring programmes; and • development of data and information management systems, including regional and national databases.

Survey work in New Caledonia covered three disciplines (finfish, invertebrate and socioeconomic) in each site, with sites surveyed on each trip by a team of two to five programme scientists and several local counterparts from the Fisheries Department, Provinces and IRD. The fieldwork included capacity building for the local counterparts through instruction on survey methodologies in all three disciplines, including the collection of data and inputting the data into the programme’s database. In New Caledonia, the five sites selected for the survey were Ouassé, Thio, Luengoni, Oundjo and Moindou.

Version 01: This is the final, clean, labelled and anonymized version of the Master file.

-HOUSEHOLD: Household size and composition; Ranked sources of income and average household expenditure level; Average household consumption patterns and sources; Average number of fishers and boats per household.
-INDIVIDUAL: Education level of adult members of the household; When, how often and during which months of the year fishers go out to particulat habitats; Average catch size; Catch composition; Fishing techniques; Proportion of the catch targeted for subsistence, gift and sale, and preservation; How finfish and invertebrates are preserved; Community's fishing grounds; Management rules; Major problems relating to the use/management of the community's marine resources; Quantities by species or groups marketed; Quality and processing level of species marketed; Price in local currency/USD; Client groups; Quantitative and qualitative changes in marketing perceived over a period of time.

  • Collection start: 2003
  • Collection end: 2007
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Data and Resources

Licence Other (Open) [Open Data]
  • SPC_NCL_2003_SE-PROCFISH_v01_M_v01_A_PUF
Issued 2019-12-06
Modified 2019-12-06
Version 01
DCAT Type Text
Publisher Name
  • Coastal Fisheries Programme
Contact Point
Contact Name
  • Coastal Fisheries Programmes

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