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Progressing Implementation of the New Song for Coastal Fisheries Pathways to Change
by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Government)
Under this project, Australia supports implementation of the A New Song for Coastal Fisheries - Pathways to Change (the New Song) for coastal fisheries management, a new approach developed with Australia's funding in 2015.

The project takes forward some elements of the New Song that are not being fully addressed at present, including: Outcome 1, informed, empowered coastal communities with clearly defined user rights; Outcome 6, Effective collaboration and coordination amongst stakeholders and key sectors of influence; and to a lesser extent Outcome 2, adequate and relevant information to inform management and policy.

The main aim is to strengthen the regional community-based ecosystem approach to fisheries management (CEAFM) as outlined in the New Song strategy, while ensuring communities have a voice in this process at all levels including, sub-national, national and hopefully regional. The project aims to empower and proactively engage communities through better representation and coordination of CEAFM assistance utilising mechanisms that facilitate a coordinated region-wide approach.

The project will work closely with partners and NGOs to strengthen existing networks for gathering and sharing information on who is doing what where, and then map this out in collaboration with the partners. Through mapping out the different activities and approaches, successes and failures plus implementation gaps, a clearer picture should emerge on the best way forward. This will allow more targeted capacity development for fisheries officers and the development of appropriate materials and a practical implementation guide/policy brief. This would also feed into and complement the proposed work under the 11th round of European Union Development Fund project (coastal component) to commence in late 2017 to early 2018.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
June 2019
A comprehensive mapping of the CEAFM activities, user rights at the national and sub-national level, review of implementation planning, activities and gaps
June 2019
Effective participation of community representatives in CEAFM priority setting and reporting, through a coastal fisheries working group
June 2019
Develop capacities of fisheries agencies and staff to engage and empower communities to undertake CEAFM activities
Financing (in USD)
280,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 May - 2019 June
Pacific Community's Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division (Development agency).
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Solomon Islands
Other beneficaries
Pacific regional
Contact information
Anh-Thu Nguyen, Executive Officer, Fisheries and Environment Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, anh-thu.nguyen@dfat.gov.au, +61 2 6261 9795
Canberra, Australia
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