8 Jun 2012

Call for change to protect Pacific fisheries

1:37 pm on 8 June 2012

Pacific countries are being told they need to make changes now if their fisheries are to survive the impacts of climate change.

15 Pacific countries and territories have been meeting in Noumea this week under the auspices of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to discuss ways of adapting their fisheries.

The SPC's Fisheries Division Director, Mike Batty, says countries need to take action now, as changes are already being felt and will gather pace.

"Many of the adaptations are things that are needed now but which we hope will put our countries and the people of those countries in a stronger position to deal with the impacts of climate change on fisheries in the longer term."

Mike Batty of the SPC