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NEWS RELEASE May 3, 2001 Suva, Fiji Islands

Six new Pacific island graduate students dove into full and part-time studies at the University of the South Pacific's marine studies program this term with the help of financial support from the Canadian government through the Canada-South Pacific Ocean Development (C-SPOD) Program.

The students, funded by the Program, received a two-year award to complete their degree and include:

"It is so important that Pacific islanders have the opportunity to study their marine resources because it is one of the few resources that Pacific island countries have and something that greatly impacts the lives of people in the region," says Dr. Kenneth MacKay, field program coordinator for C-SPOD. "By funding these graduate students, Canada is ensuring there are qualified experts in the Pacific who are from the region and are able to manage marine resources in a way that meets the needs of Pacific islanders."

Over the last three years, C-SPOD has funded 26 scholarships for Pacific island students pursuing graduate studies with the marine studies program.

C-SPOD is Canada's major regional commitment to the Pacific islands worth more than $28-million over 14 years. The Program also funds two other initiatives at USP's marine studies program, which include the aquaculture training program and the post-harvest fisheries development project.

C-SPOD is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and is coordinated by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and LGL Ltd, Canada.

All projects are designed to ensure equity and balanced benefits for all Pacific islanders.

For more information about C-SPOD go to 

Naomi Johnson Media Relations Officer Canada South Pacific Ocean Development (C-SPOD) Program, Phase II SPREP P.O. Box 240 Apia, Samoa Tel: (685) 21 929 Fax: (685) 20231 Email: 


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