Third time lucky in New Caledonia?

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By Nic Maclellan When France’s overseas minister, Sébastien Lecornu, announced that New Caledonia’s third self-determination referendum will be held this December, he created a major...

Mining’s new frontier: Pacific nations caught in the rush for deep-sea riches

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Miners are pushing hard to extract metals from the ocean floor, but there is mounting concern about what it might do to the marine...

Numbers of drifting FADs underestimated, SPC study shows

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By Claire Heath The numbers of drifting fish-aggregating devices in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) have been underestimated, an ongoing study by...

Disruptions to global shipping: regional impacts

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Written by Rachel Richardson, Rob Hitchins Global attention focused on shipping in March, as container ship Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal, disrupting movements...

Death at sea: the fisheries inspectors who never came home

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By Bernadette Carreon In his last email to his family, Eritara Aati Kaierua told them he loved them and apologised for not being in...

Bougainville independence: Pressure for PNG agreement builds

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Setting goals for independence by 2025, UN membership and a sustainable economy signal Bougainville’s resolve By Anthony Regan The second constitutionally mandated post-referendum consultations between Papua...

The mice that roared: how eight tiny countries took on foreign fishing fleets

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By Christopher Pala It has been described as “the most remarkable achievement of the Pacific island countries in the last 50 years”. In 1982, eight,...

Violence against women in Pacific politics

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Written by Ancuta Hansen As with their sisters around the world, many women in the Pacific Islands are victims of violence. While much of...

SPREP to celebrate 28 years with an Open Day on 16 June

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will open its doors to the public on 16 June in celebration of the day...

COVID-19 made deep-sea mining more tempting for some Pacific islands – this could be...

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by Sue Farran While most Pacific islands have escaped the worst of COVID-19, a cornerstone of their economies, tourism, has taken a big hit....

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Moses Uludong announces bid for Palau’s Presidency

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