SPC Aquaculture
Aquaculture and food security in Solomon Islands
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 10:37

Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) are some of the most vulnerable nations to climate change. Growing populations, combined with climate change and overfishing of inshore reef fish, will compound food security problems arising from an increasing gap between fish demand and supply. Along with some other PICTs, Solomon Islands recognises the need for new sources of fish to meet future food security requirements. Options include fish imports, increasing access to offshore tuna fisheries such as with inshore fish aggregating devices, and aquaculture development. The Government of Solomon Islands has identified inland aquaculture as one means of addressing the gap between fish supply and demand

CNMI expresses interest in offshore aquaculture
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 09:47

By Antoine Teitelbaum

Worldwide, open ocean cage aquaculture (or offshore aquaculture) is regarded as an industry with huge potential and which is largely underdeveloped. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has recently expressed interest in developing this industry.  Earlier this year, CNMI organised an open ocean cage aquaculture symposium on Saipan. This is a significant development in a region where marine finfish aquaculture is only just being considered.  

Technical Assistance for Pearl Jewellery Training in the Marshall Islands
Monday, 14 March 2011 09:41

By Simon Ellis and Dr. Maria Haws

From November 23-29th 2010 a pearl jewellery and marketing training was held in the RMI. The primary sponsor of the workshop was the Marshall Islands Marine Resource Authority (MIMRA) with technical and financial assistance from the University of Hawaii Hilo (UHH) – Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC), the Marine and Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

A successful conference on sustainable aquaculture in tropical islands: Tahiti Aquaculture 2010
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 15:35

Over 200 participants from the Pacific, Asia, Americas, Europe and French Overseas Departments and Territories attended a week-long conference on aquaculture in Papeete, Tahiti from 6–11 December 2010. The conference was officially opened by His Excellency Gaston Tong Sang, President of French Polynesia.

Delegates came from several Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), including the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga. The French territories were well represented through participation from Guadeloupe, La Réunion, Mayotte, Martinique, New Caledonia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, and the host country French Polynesia.

Prawn farming in New Caledonia
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 16:10

Click here to download a very informative articl eon shrimp farming in New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s second largest export industry after nickel is prawn farming, which has been in existence for over 30 years. With its XPF 1.5 billion turnover in 2008, and 500-strong workforce, it is a significant source of employment and income for the territory’s rural population. After consistent growth up until 2005, the industry suffered considerable production and export setbacks following biological issues aggravated by a shortage of post-larvae. Although it has been in recession for several years now, it still has room for action as well as development potential in terms of production sites and farm expansion. Despite being heavily dependent on government subsidies, prawn farming has contributed to economic decentralisation and is one of the territory’s major development sectors.

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