Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management in support of the New Song 
The Pathways project is embedded under the Management & Policy Division of the Fisheries Department. By using a community's traditional knowledge and integrating it with scientific methods, we are able to sustainably manage their coastal fisheries.
Funded By: The Australian Government through Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Project Objective: The overall aim of the project is to improve the wellbeing of men, women and children in Pacific coastal communities through more productive and resilient fisheries and better food and nutrition security.

Scope of the project;
The project is currently working in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Project partners:
Vanuatu Fisheries Department, Australian National Center for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong, WorldFish and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Project Running Period:
  • Phase I - Pacfish: 2014 - 2017
  • Phase II - Pathways: 2018 - 2021
Project Components:
  1. Strengthening Community institutional capacity to implement CBCFM.
  2. Improve and expand CBCFM practice throughout vanuatu.
  3. Improve Livelihood opportunities.
  4. Increase Social and gender equity in community decision making, resource utilization and distribution.
  5. Promote food and nutrition security through the improved management and use of fish and other marine products.
The project has four staff members comprising of 3 males and 1 female; all of which are field officers. Three staff members are responsible for Community-Based Fisheries Management activities whilst one staff members is responsible for carrying out monitoring and evaluation the CBFM interventions put in place.

Kwamera - A traditional dream

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In July 2019, Kwamera community in South Tanna signed off on their CBFM plan. This particular plan is unique in the sense that the community has choosen to almost completely revert back to traditional ways of fishing.

Lombenben Disaster response

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Following the Lombenben disaster, the project provided VFD with funding for disaster response.

Coastal Fisheries Roadmap

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Signing of the Vanuatu National Coastal Fisheries Roadmap 2019 - 2031.

Catch monitoring

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Catch caught by Aniwa Fishers and recorded as part of the project's monitoring of Community CBFM plans.

Contact Information


Vanuatu Fisheries Department
PO BOX 9045
Port Vila

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+678 23119

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