Dr. Satalaka Petaia

PROFILE

Name: Dr. Satalaka Petaia

Current Position: Lecturer/Fellow & Coordinator, Marine Studies Discipline

Contacts: Phone: (679) 3232 950; Mob: 9713442; Email: satalaka.petaia@usp.ac.fj

Office: Marine Studies building, USP Lower Campus

Expertise / Activities

Satalaka Petaia hails from the beautiful Island nation of Tuvalu. Satalaka is a Lecturer/Fellow with the School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS), where he teaches Marine/Fisheries Management, Marine/Fisheries Policy, Fisheries Development, Marine Transport & Shipping,  and Maritime Skills & Techniques. In addition to his teaching roles, Satalaka was recently appointed as Coordinator for the Marine Studies Discipline.

Prior to joining USP in 2005, he served as fishery personnel for many years, holding various positions with national and regional institutions, and the private sector. Satalaka has broad experience of national and regional fisheries management, development and training.

Educational Background/Qualifications

Satalaka is a fisheries development, management and training specialist. He obtained his PG Diploma in Fisheries Technology from the UK, Master in Applied Science (LMR) from AMC, Australia, and Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) from the University of the South Pacific.

Biography

Satalaka hails from the island of Nui in Tuvalu. He cherishes his simple, humble and christian upringing in the islands. He is ever grateful to almighty God for his guidance during his strive to overcome the many challenges of life. This upringing has made him what he is today.  He is passionate about serving almighty God, family, village, island, and his beloved country (Tuvalu).

 Research Interests

Satalaka is passionate about sustaining the marine environment and its different uses and benefits to humanity.  His research interest focuses on the following areas:

  • Sustainable fisheries development, management, training and policy.
  • Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) approach and its application to marine resources use.
  • Climate Change and fisheries.
  • Fisheries and human impacts on marine resources and ecosystems.
  • Tuna Fisheries of the Pacific Islands.
  • Fisheries and Communities.
  • Fish capture methods & technology (selectivity, design & impacts).
  • Fisheries training and capacity building.
  • Commercial and industrial fisheries development and management.
  • Subsistence and artisanal fisheries development and management.
  • Marine Transport.

He has conducted research and written articles, conference papers and chapters in books in most of the above-mentioned areas.

Publications & Technical Reports

Petaia, S. 2019, ‘Ecosystem Based Management: A Holistic Approach for the Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries in the PICs, a thesis submitted to the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment, University of the South Pacific, for the award of PhD degree.

Petaia, S & Veitayaki, J. 2011, ‘Governance and Natural Resources Development and Management’, in Natural Resources Governance & Extension Techniques, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp. 1.1 – 1.24.

Petaia, S. 2011, ‘Stakeholder Participation and Natural Resources Governance and Management’, in Natural Resources Governance & Extension Techniques, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp. 7.1 – 7.38.

Petaia, S. 2011, ‘Extension and Natural Resources Development and Management’, in Natural Resources Governance & Extension Techniques, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp. 8.1 –  8.48.

Petaia, S. 2011, ‘Extension Program Planning and Evaluation’, in Natural Resources Governance & Extension Techniques, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp.  9.1 – 9. 20.

Petaia, S. 2011, ‘Effective Communication and Natural Resources Governance’, in Natural Resources Governance & Extension Techniques, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp. 10.1 – 10.33.

Petaia, S. 2008, ‘The Fishery System’, in Introduction to Sustainable Fisheries in the Pacific Islands, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp. 2.1 – 2.82.

Petaia, S. 2008, ‘Fishing Technology and Sustainable Fisheries Development’, in Introduction to Sustainable Fisheries in the Pacific Islands, USP, Suva,  Fiji, pp. 3.1 – 3.172.

Petaia, S. 2008, ‘Introduction to Fisheries Development in the Pacific  Islands’, in Introduction to Sustainable Fisheries in the Pacific Islands,  USP, Suva, Fiji, pp. 5.1 – 5.66.

Petaia, S. 2008, ‘Introduction to stock structure abundance and assessment, in Introduction to Sustainable Fisheries in the Pacific Islands, USP, Suva, Fiji, pp 6.1 – 6.54.

Petaia, S. 2008, ‘Introduction to Fisheries Management’, in Introduction to Sustainable Fisheries in the Pacific Islands, USP, Suva, Fiji, pp. 7.1 – 7.86.

Petaia, S. 2008, ‘Introduction to Fisheries Management Approaches and Regulations’, in Introduction to Sustainable Fisheries in the Pacific Islands, USP, Suva, Fiji, pp. 8.1 – 8.71.

V.R. Bidesi & Petaia, S. 2010, Socio-economic Assessment of Fishing Practices by North and South     Tarawa Fishers in Kiribati. School of Marine Studies, Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment, USP, Suva, Fiji.

Petaia, S. 2000, ‘Building a Sustainable Tuna Fishery in Tuvalu’, a thesis submitted to Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Environment, Australian Maritime College, for the award of Master degree.

Petaia, S. 1983, ‘Future Fisheries Development in Tuvalu, a dissertation prepared for the award of PG Diploma in Fisheries Technology, HCHE, Grimsby, UK.

Petaia, S. & Maluofenua, S. 1982, ‘The Craft Evaluation Project in Tuvalu’, Fisheries  Department, Funafuti, Tuvalu.