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Community-based methods for resource management are embedded in Pacific Island traditional practices. These have worked for centuries however the growing threat of climate change and overfishing caused by rapidly expanding human populations has eroded the effectiveness of traditional ways. This marine monitoring toolkit was developed in partnership between C2O Pacific, C2O Consulting, Oceanswatch and communities of North Efate, Vanuatu. Its development was driven by the needs of communities and the passion of local ‘Marine Champions’ and represents a toolkit with “fit-for-purpose” approaches to coastal resource management.

 

The toolkit approaches are based on accepted scientific methods and published information while also being simplified for ongoing use by trained Pacific village community members. At the request of local communities the toolkit provides simple data collection methods for a range of local issues with modules on Reef health, Fish catch surveys, Intertidal invertebrates, Seagrass habitats, Mangrove habitats and Crown-of-thorns starfish. The methods are unique in that results are instant and directly inform local management decision-making using local cyclone warning colour codes (a.k.a. traffic light system). The toolkit is ready-made to be adapted to any region in the Pacific with the support of qualified trainers. Contact us through this website for more information and of you are interested in training for your local communities.

 

Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit: Vanuatu.

JE Johnson, DJ Welch, E Hooper, B Moore, G Edney and J Waterhouse

Prepared under the Restoration of Ecosystem Services and Adaptation to Climate Change (RESCCUE) Vanuatu project for the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia (104pp).

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List of Publications

Community Marine Monitoring Toolkit: A locally-developed toolkit to inform community-based management of marine resources in Vanuatu.

Johnson, J.E., Welch, D.J., Hooper, E., Moore, B., Edney, G., Waterhouse, J. and Kaltavara, J.

2018

SPC Fisheries Newsletter, 155:2. The Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia.

Community-based sustainable development through coastal fisheries and financial inclusion in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea: Project evaluation.

Starling, G., Johnson, J. and Welch, D.J.

2018

Report prepared for WWF Australia, MCC Environmental, Perth, Australia, 96p.

Community-based Marine Management: A Guide for Effective Tabu Areas.

Welch, D.J., Johnson, J.E., and Hooper, E.

2018

Prepared under the Restoration of Ecosystem Services and Adaptation to Climate Change(RESCCUE) Vanuatu project for the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia (12pp)

Climate change adaptation: Vulnerability and challenges facing small-scale fisheries in small islands

Johnson JE, Monnereau I, Welch DJ, McConney P, Szuster B, Gasalla MA

2018

FishAdapt Conference Proceedings, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings, Rome, FAO.

Effects of Climate Change on Fish and Shellfish Relevant to Pacific Islands, and the Coastal Fisheries they Support

Johnson, J., Bertram, I., Chin, A, Moore, B.R., Pratchett, M, Welch, D.J., Williams, A., Bell, J. and Govan, H.

2018

PACIFIC MARINE CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT CARD Science Review 2018: pp 74-98

Stock structure of Lethrinus laticaudis (Lethrinidae) across northern Australia determined using genetics, otolith microchemistry and parasite assemblage composition.

Barton Diane P., Taillebois Laura, Taylor Jonathan, Crook David A., Saunders Thor, Hearnden Mark, Greig Alan, Welch David J., Newman Stephen J., Travers Michael J., Saunders Richard J., Errity Chris, Maher Safia, Dudgeon Christine, Ovenden Jennifer

2018

Marine and Freshwater Research, 69(4) 487-501

Empowering communities to adapt to climate change: Monitoring marine ecosystems using a locally developed method to inform community-based management.

Hooper, E., Johnson, J.E., Welch, D., Edney, G., Waterhouse, J.

2018

Poster presented at the Pacific Oceans Pacific Climate conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Impacts of Climate Change on Eastern Australia Fisheries

Phillips, B. F. and Welch, D. J.

2017

Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture: A Global Analysis (eds B. F. Phillips and M. Pérez-Ramírez), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.

Strong population structure deduced from genetics, otolith chemistry and parasite abundances explains vulnerability to localized fishery collapse in a large Sciaenid fish, Protonibea diacanthus

Taillebois, Laura, Barton, Diane P., Crook, David A., Saunders, Thor, Taylor, Jonathan, Hearnden, Mark, Saunders, Richard J., Newman, Stephen J., Travers, Michael J., Welch, David J., Greig, Alan, Dudgeon, Christine, Maher, Safia and Ovenden, Jennifer R.

2017

Evolutionary Applications, 10: 978-993

Overexploitation causes profound demographic changes to the protandrous hermaphrodite king threadfin (Polydactylus macrochir) in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

Moore, B.R., Stapley, J.M., Williams, A.J. and Welch, D.J.

2017

Fisheries Research, 187: 199-208

Effects of climate change on coral grouper (Plectropomus spp.) and possible adaptation options

Pratchett, M.S., Cameron, D.S., Donelson, J., Evans. L., Frisch, A., Hobday, A.J., Hoey, A.S., Marshall, N.A., Messmer, V., Munday, P.L., Pears, R., Pecl, G., Reynolds, A., Scott, M., Tobin, A., Tobin, R., Welch, D.J. and Williamson, D.H.

2017

Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 27(2): 297-316.

Challenges and Priorities in Shark and Ray Conservation.

Dulvy, N.K., Colin A. Simpfendorfer, Lindsay N.K. Davidson, Sonja V. Fordham, Amie Brautigam, Glenn Sant, and David J. Welch

2017

Current Biology, 27, R565–R572.

Optimising the management of tropical reef fish through the development of Indigenous scientific capability.

Saunders, T., Barton, D., Crook, D., Ovenden, J., Newman, S.J., Saunders, R., Taillebois, L., Taylor, J., Travers, M.J., Dudgeon, C., Maher, S. and Welch, D.J.

2017

Darwin, Northern Territory, Fishery Report No. 117.

Broadscale assessment of the status of coastal finfish in North Efate, Vanuatu.

D Welch

2016

Report to the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia, and Agence Francaise de Developpement, Paris, France. Vanuatu RESCCUE project.

A small-scale vessel registration system for Pacific Island Countries and Territories

Welch DJ

2016

Summary Report for the Secretariat of Pacific Communities (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

Climate change impacts in North Efate, Vanuatu

Johnson J and Welch DJ

2016

Report to OPUS (New Zealand) and SPC (Noumea, New Caledonia). Vanuatu RESCCUE Project.

Marine Ecosystem Assessment: North Efate, Vanuatu. Report to the Pacific Community (SPC)

Johnson, J.E., Waterhouse, J., Devlin, M.J., Hooper, E.

2016

Noumea, New Caledonia, and Agence Francaise de Developpement, Paris, France. Vanuatu RESCCUE project

Characterization, development and multiplexing of microsatellite markers in three commercially exploited reef fish and their application for stock identification

Taillebois L, Dudgeon C, Maher S, Crook DA, Saunders TM, Barton DP, Taylor JA, Welch DJ, Newman Sj, Travers MJ, Saunders RJ and Ovenden J

2016

PeerJ 4 (2016): e2418

Key aspects of the biology, fisheries and management of Coral grouper

Fisch A, Cameron DS, Pratchett MS, Willamson DH, Williams AJ, Reynolds AD, Hoey AS, Rizzari J, Evans L, Kerrigan B, Muldoon G, Welch DJ and Hobbs J-P

2016

Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries (2016) 26: 303-325

Description of a suitable small-scale vessel registration system for Pacific Island Countries and Territories

Welch DJ

2015

Final Report to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

Assessment of novel gear designs to reduce interactions between species of conservation interest and commercial fishing nets

Welch DJ, Tobin A, Page J, McLennan M, Saunders R, Pears R, Moore S, Green N and Tobin R

2016

Final Report to Fisheries Research & Development Corporation, Project 2011/009

Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Protocol for the fishery co-management plan for the Praslin artisanal trap and line fishery

Kerrigan B and Welch DJ

2015

Final Report to the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Energy, Mahe, Seychelles

To support the formulation of an operational fishery management plan for the plateau fishery for demersal fish resources

Welch DJ and Kerrigan B

2015

Final Report to the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Energy, Mahe, Seychelles

Climate change implications for Torres Strait fisheries: assessing vulnerability to inform adaptation

Johnson JE and Welch DJ

2015

Climatic Change 135 (3): 611-624

Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015-2025 Strategy

Brautigam A, Callow M, Campbell IR, Camhi MD, Cornish AS, Dulvy NK, Fordham SV, Fowler SL, Hood AR, McClennen C, Reuter EL, Sant G, Simpfendorfer CA and Welch DJ

2015

Strategy document prepared for The Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI)

Integrating different approaches in the definition of biological stocks: a northern Australian multi-jurisdictional fisheries example using grey mackerel, Scomberomorus semifasciatus

Welch DJ, Newman SJ, Buckworth RC, Ovenden JR, Broderick D, Lester RJG, Gribble NA, Ballagh AC, Charters RA, Stapley J, Street R, Garrett RN and Begg GA

2015

Marine Policy 55 (2015) 73-80

Condition assessment of Thanet Coast Special Area of Conservation

Sheehan, E.V., Cousens, S.L., Holmes, L.A., Nancollas, S., Hooper, E., Attrill, M.J.

2015

Natural England Commissioned Report NECR165

Implications of climate change impacts on fisheries resources of northern Australia / Part 2: Species profiles

Welch DJ, Robins J and Saunders T (eds.)

2014

Report prepared for the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

Implications of climate change impacts on fisheries resources of northern Australia / Part 1: Vulnerability assessment and adaptation options

Welch DJ, Saunders T, Robins J, Harry A, Johnson J, Maynard J, Saunders R, Pecl G, Sawynok B and Tobin A

2014

Report prepared for the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

Collaborative approaches to accessing and utilising historical citizen science data: a case-study with spearfishers from eastern Australia

Gledhill DC, Hobday AJ, Welch DJ, Sutton SG, Lansdell MJ, Koopman M, Jeloudev A, Smith A and Last PR

2014

Marine & Freshwater Research 66 (2014) 195-201

Local genetic patchiness but no regional differences between Indo-West Pacific populations of the dogtooth tuna Gymnosarda unicolor

Bentley BP, Harvey ES, Newman SJ, Welch DJ, Smith AK and Kennington WJ

2014

Marine Ecology Progress Series 506 (2014) 267-277

A field guide to genetics in fisheries

Dichmont CM, Ovenden JR, Berry O, Welch DJ and Buckworth RC

2013

Published by CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship

Assessing the vulnerability of Torres Strait fisheries and supporting habitats to climate change

Welch DJ and Johnson JE

2013

Report prepared for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Ocean’s eleven: a critical evaluation of the role of population, evolutionary and molecular genetics in the management of wild fisheries

Ovenden JR, Berry O, Welch DJ, Buckworth RC and Dichmont CM

2013

Fish & Fisheries [doi:10.1111/faf.12052]

Hybridisation, paternal leakage and mitochondrial DNA linearization in three anomalous fish (Scombridae)

Morgan JAT, Macbeth M, Broderick D, Whatmore P, Street R, Welch DJ and Ovenden JR

2013

Mitochondrion 13 (2013) 852-861

Comparative biology of tropical Lethrinus species (Lethrinidae): challenges for multi-species management

Currey LM, Williams AJ, Mapstone BD, Davies CR, Carlos G, Welch DJ, Simpfendorfer CA, Ballagh AC, Penny AL, Grandcourt EM, Mapleston A, Wiebkin AS and Bean K

2013

Journal of Fish Biology 82 (2013) 764-788

Climate change and recreational fishing: implications of climate change for recreational fishers and the recreational fishing industry

Creighton C, Sawynok B, Sutton S, D'Silva D, Stagles I, Pam C, Saunders R, Welch D, Grixti D and Spooner D

2013

Report prepared for the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

Characterization of 13 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the dogtooth tuna Gymnosarda unicolor

Bentley BP, Harvey ES, Newman SJ, Welch DJ, Smith AK and Kennington WJ

2013

Conservation Genetic Resources 5 (2013) 693-695

Scoping current and future genetic tools, their limitations and their applications for wild fisheries management

Dichmont CM, Ovenden JR, Berry O, Welch DJ and Buckworth RC

2012

Final Report to the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation, Project 2011/035

Parasites as indicators of movement and population connectivity of a non-diadromous, tropical estuarine teleost: king threadfin Polydactylus macrochir

Moore BR, Welch DJ, Newman SJ and Lester RJG

2012

Journal of Fish Biology 81 (2012) 230-252

Spatial variation in life history reveals insight into connectivity and geographic population structure of a tropical estuarine teleost: king threadfin, Polydactylus macrochir

Moore BR, Simpfendorfer CA, Newman SJ, Stapley JM, Allsop Q, Sellin MJ and Welch DJ

2012

Fisheries Research 125-126 (2012) 214-224

Searching for common threads in threadfins: phylogeography of Australian polynemids in space and time

Horne JB, Momigliano P, Welch DJ, Newman SJ and van Herwerden L

2012

Marine Ecology Progress Series 449 (2012) 263-276

Comparison of the reproductive ecology of two sympatric blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus and Carcharhinus tilstoni ) off north-eastern Australia with species identification inferred from vertebral counts

Harry AV, Morgan JAT, Ovenden JR, Tobin AJ, Welch DJ and Simpfendorfer CA

2012

Journal of Fish Biology 81 (2012) 1225-1233

Stock structure of the blue threadfin (Eleutheronema tetradactylum) across northern Australia derived from lifehistory characteristics

Ballagh AC, Welch DJ, Newman SJ, Allsop Q and Stapley JM

2012

Fisheries Research 121-122 (2012) 63-72

Stock structure of exploited shark species in north eastern Australia

Welch DJ, Ovenden J, Simpfendorfer C, Tobin A, Morgan JAT, Street R, White J, Harry A, Schroeder R and Macbeth WG

2011

Report prepared for the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

Negligible evidence for regional genetic population structure for two shark species Rhizoprionodon acutus (Ru¨ ppell, 1837) and Sphyrna lewini (Griffith & Smith, 1834) with contrasting biology

Ovenden RJ, Morgan JAT, Street R, Tobin A, Simpfendorfer C, Macbeth W and Welch D

2011

Marine Biology 158 (2011) 1497-1509

Stock structure of blue threadfin Eleutheronema tetradactylum across northern Australia as inferred from stable isotopes in sagittal otolith carbonate

Newman SJ, Pember MB, Rome BM, Mitsopoulos GEA and Skepper CL

2011

Fisheries Management & Ecology 18 (2011) 246-257

Detection of interspecies hybridisation in Chondrichthyes: hybrids and hybrid offspring between Australian (Carcharhinus tilstoni) and common (C. limbatus) blacktip shark found in an Australian fishery

Morgan JAT, Harry AV, Welch DJ, Street R, White J, Geraghty PT, Macbeth WG, Tobin A, Simpfendorfer CA and Ovenden JR

2011

Conservation Genetics 13 (2011) 455-463

A mitochondrial species identification assay for Australian blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus tilstoni, C. limbatus and C. amblyrhynchoides) using real-time PCR and high-resolution melt analysis

Morgan JAT, Welch DJ, Harry AV, Street R, Broderick D and Ovenden JR

2011

Molecular Ecology Resources 11 (2011) 813-819

Stock structure of blue threadfin Eleutheronema tetradactylum across northern Australia, as indicated by parasites

Moore BR, Stapley J, Allsop Q, Newman SJ, Ballagh A, Welch DJ and Lester RJG

2011

Journal of Fish Biology 78 (2011) 923-936

Spatial patterns in the demography of a large estuarine teleost: king threadfin, Polydactylus macrochir

Moore BR, Welch DJ and Simpfendorfer CA

2011

Marine & Freshwater Research 62 (2011) 937-951

Limited ecological population connectivity suggests low demands on self-recruitment in a tropical inshore marine fish (Eleutheronema tetradactylum: Polynemidae)

Horne JB, Momigliano P, Welch DJ, Newman SJ and van Herwerden L

2011

Molecular Ecology 20 (2011) 2291-2306

Evaluating catch and mitigating risk in a multispecies, tropical, inshore shark fishery within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area

Harry AV, Tobin AJ, Simpfendorfer CA, Welch DJ, Mapleston A, White J, Williams AJ and Stapley J

2011

Marine & Freshwater Research 62 (2011) 720-721

Genetic population structure of grey mackerel Scomberomorus semifasciatus in northern Australia

Broderick D, Ovenden JR, Buckworth RC, Newman SJ, Lester RJG and Welch DJ

2011

Journal of Fish Biology 79 (2011) 633-661

Integrating methods for determining length-at-age to improve growth estimates for two large scombrids

Ballagh AC, Welch D, Williams AJ, Mapleston A, Tobin A and Marton N

2011

Fishery Bulletin 109 (2011) 90-100

Defining the stock structure of northern Australia's threadfin salmon species

Welch DJ, Ballagh A, Newman SJ, Lester RJ, Moore B, van Herwerden L, Horne J, Allsop Q, Saunders T, Stapley J and Gribble NA

2010

Report prepared for the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

Spatial and fishing effects on sampling gear biases in a tropical reef line fishery

Welch DJ, Mapstone BD, Davies CR and Russ GR

2010

Marine & Freshwater Research 61 (2010) 1134-1346

Adapting to change: minimising uncertainty about the effects of rapidly changing environmental conditions on the Queensland Coral Reef Fin Fish Fishery

Tobin A, Schlaff A, Tobin R, Penny A, Ayling T, Ayling A, Krause B, Welch D, Sutton S, Sawynok B, Marshall N, Marshall P and Maynard J

2010

Report prepared for the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

Assessing the effects of line capture and barotrauma relief procedures on post-release survival of key tropical reef fish species in Australia using recreational tagging clubs

Sumpton WD, Brown IW, Mayer DG, McLennan MF, Mapleston A, Butcher AR, Welch DJ, Kirkwood JM, Sawynok B and Begg GA

2010

Fisheries Management & Ecology 17 (2010) 77-88

Variation in stable isotope (δ18O and δ13C) signatures in the sagittal otolith carbonate of king threadfin, Polydactylus macrochir across northern Australia reveals multifaceted stock structure

Newman SJ, Allsop A, Ballagh AC, Garrett RN, Gribble N, Meeuwig JJ, Mitsopoulos GEA, Moore BR, Pember MB, Rome BM, Saunders T, Skepper CL, Stapley JM, van Herwerden L and Welch DJ

2010

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology 396 (2010) 53-60

Stock structure of grey mackerel, Scomberomorus semifasciatus (Pisces: Scombridae) across northern Australia, based on otolith stable isotope chemistry

Newman SJ, Wright IW, Rome BM, Mackie MC, Lewis PD, Buckworth RC, Ballagh AC, Garrett RN, Stapley J, Broderick D, Ovenden JR and Welch DJ

2010

Environmental Biology of Fishes 89 (2010) 357-367

Marine fisheries management in a changing climate: a review of vulnerability and future options

Johnson JE and Welch DJ

2010

Reviews in Fisheries Science 18 (2010) 106-124