[Press-releases] Press release - SPC appoints new Women-In-Fisheries network bulletin editor
RositaH at spc.int
Mon Nov 20 16:54:47 EST 2006
Press release rh123
SPC appoints new Women-In-Fisheries network bulletin editor
Tuesday 21 November 2006, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) -
Dr Veikila Vuki, formerly with the Fiji Fisheries Division and the
University of the South Pacific (USP) and currently the Director of
Oceania Environment Consultants, a consulting firm based in Guam, is the
new coordinator of the SPC Women-In-Fisheries (WIF) bulletin.
SPC Director-General Dr Jimmie Rodgers said, "We have in the region
people with a wealth of skills and extensive knowledge. I am delighted
to welcome Dr Veikila Vuki to SPC's fisheries work programme.
Professionals of this calibre, especially if they are Pacific Islanders,
are a great asset to the organisation."
The WIF editor will seek and collect information for the network's
biannual bulletin through regular contact with contributors and networks
of people working on the relevant subject, and edit the information
through direct exchange with authors.
Dr Vuki hails from Ono-i-Lau - the most isolated and southerly inhabited
island in the Fiji Group. She has 20 years of research experience in
Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Federated
States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap), Guam, Marshall
Islands and Palau.
She has varied experience in issues related to coastal fishing
communities, coastal management, women in fisheries and fisheries
development, and has published widely, with most of her recent
publications being on the subsistence fisheries of Ono-i-Lau. Dr Vuki is
currently an adjunct research associate at the Marine Laboratory,
University of Guam. She holds a doctorate in coral reef ecology from
Southampton University in England, and a Master of Science degree in
marine biology and marine botany from James Cook University, Australia.
Recently, Dr Vuki helped develop and coordinate the Pacific Islands
Marine Protected Areas Community (PIMPAC) in the US Pacific Island
Territories and the US Freely Associated States (Micronesia). Before
working for PIMPAC, she was a research associate at the University of
Guam Marine Laboratory for two years researching watershed and coral
reef management in Guam.
Dr Vuki was a member of staff at USP's Marine Studies Programme in Fiji
for nine years, where she taught undergraduate and graduate students in
marine pollution, oceanography, and coral reef ecology and fisheries
management. At USP she was also Principal Investigator for the global
monitoring programme SeagrassNet. She has also worked as a Fisheries
Officer for the Fiji Department of Fisheries, where she was actively
involved in training women in fisheries management, and was a board
member of the regional Women in Fisheries network based in Suva.
You can access issues of the Women in Fisheries bulletin:
For more information, contact Rosita Hoffmann, SPC Communications
Officer, via email: RositaH at spc.int <BLOCKED::mailto:RositaH at spc.int>
or by phone: +687 790442 (mobile).
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