Janice Natasha

Position: Assistant Lecturer

Room #: M116D

Email: janice.natasha(at)usp.ac.fj

Phone: 323 2954

Fax: 323 1526


Educational Background/ Qualifications:

Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) in Marine Science (in progress) – The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)

Study title: Population genomics of bigeye tuna as a tool for curbing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Post-Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCTT) – The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)

Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Science – The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)
Thesis title: Post harvest processing of aquacultured tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) for potential commercialization in Fiji.

Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Marine Science – The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Marine Science – The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)


Janice Natasha is an Assistant Lecturer in Post-Harvest Fisheries. She coordinates undergraduate courses MS204 – Tropical Seafood and MS313 – Seafood Science and post-graduate course MS411 – Directed Studies in Marine Science. She is also a part-time PhD student at USP.

Research Interests:

Post-harvest fisheries (seafood processing, seafood quality and safety, shelf-life studies, traceability)


Awardee of ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) Alumni Research Support Facility (ARSF) grant that supports research activities with the ability to deliver short-term outcomes that directly relate to the pandemic and build upon a regions capacity to respond to it. Janice Natasha, an alumnus of ACIAR is recipient of the ARSF grant for a 12 month research on “Assessment of post-harvest fish losses in small-scale fisheries in Fiji” in collaboration with Prof. Hampus Erikson of University of Wollongong and WorldFish Centre.


Natasha, J. (2014) Post harvest processing of aquacultured tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) for potential commercialisation in Fiji. MSc Thesis (USP April 2014).

Natasha, J., Lako., South, G.R. (2014) Bacterial and Enterobacterial load of pond water and aquacultured tilapia, Oreochromis nilotics (Linnaeus1758), sourced from two major farms in Fiji. Fiji Agricultural Journal. 54 (1). pp 40-47.

Lako, J., Natasha, J., & South, G.R. 2018. Consumer preference for Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) value-added products in Samoa. In: Women in Fisheries information bulletin No. 28, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea.

Moore, B., Adams, T., Allain, V., Bell, J., Bigler, M., Bromhead, D., Clark, S., Davies, C., Evans, K., Faasil, U., Farley, J., Fitchett, M., Grewe, P., Hampton, John, Hyde, J., Leroy, B., Lewis, A., Lorrain, A., Macdonald, J., Marie, A., Minte-Vera, C., Natasha, J., Nicol, S., Obregon, P., Peatman, T., Pecoraro, C., Phillip, B., Pilling, G., Rico, C., Sanchez, C., Scott, R., Phillips, J., Stockwell, B., Tremblay-Boyer, L., Usu, T., Williams, A and Smith, N. (2020) Defining the stock structure of key commercial tunas in the Pacific Ocean II: Sampling considerations and future directions. Fisheries Research, 230. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105524

Mudaliar, J., Kool, B., Natasha, J., and McCool, J. (2020) Building research capacity and capabilities in Fiji. Pacific Health Dialog. 21 (5) 265-271. DOI: 10.26635/phd.2020.628

Conference Papers

Natasha, J., Lako, J. and South G.R. (2011) Consumer preference tasting of Oreochromis niloticus value-added products: cold smoked fish, surimi and fish paste. Paper presented at the International Conference on chemistry, Environment and Climate Change – Focus on the Pacific. September 17th, 2011.

Natasha, J., Lako,J and South G.R (2013). Shelf-life testing of Cold-Smoked tilapia. Paper presented at the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress. 8th – 12th July. Suva. Fiji.

Natasha, J., Lako, J. and South G.R. (2014). Consumer Sensory Testing of aquacultured tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, value-added products for commercialization in Fiji. Paper presented at the World Aquaculture Conference, Adelaide, Australia. June 2014.

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