SPC Aquaculture
Tilapia fish farming in the Pacific - a responsible way forward
Friday, 26 February 2010 08:40
By Timothy Pickering

In many islands of the Pacific, the environmental costs from past introductions of tilapia have already been paid. How can people in these places now responsibly obtain the expected social benefits?” ?

This question emerged as the main theme of a meeting of regional and international experts hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea, New Caledonia in December 2009. On one hand, tilapia farming is one of the readily available options to regional food security concerns. On the other hand, tilapia is an introduced species, which raises concerns about its impacts on the biodiversity of indigenous freshwater fish.

Wallis and Futuna delegation visits New Caledonia aquaculture facilities
Friday, 26 February 2010 08:54
The French Pacific Fund granted funds to Wallis and Futuna for a project aimed at determining the potential for aquaculture development in the territory.[1] As part of this project, a delegation from Wallis and Futuna came to New Caledonia in October 2009 to visit aquaculture facilities and meet with key stakeholders of New Caledonia’s aquaculture sector.

The initial phase of this project determined whether aquaculture could be developed in Wallis and Futuna given its social and economical contexts, and also determined which commodities should be considered. Jacques Trichereau from IDEE (Ichthyo Developpement Eau Environnement) Aquaculture initially identified two key products: marine shrimp and finfish.

Promising spat collection trials in New Caledonia
Monday, 02 November 2009 14:32

There are times when one needs to listen to nature to seek the fantastic opportunities it can offer. Aquaculture that is based on spat collection is one of these. At certain times, millions of free-swimming pelagic shellfish larvae float within the water column, seeking a substrate to settle on. By submersing spat collectors at the right time and place, an unlimited supply of bivalve spat can be harvested and then grown to commercial size.

CD release after the SPC Aquaculture expert consultation on Tilapia aquaculture
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 13:28
An interactive CD was created after the SPC Aquaculture expert consultation on Tilapia aquaculture was held in Nouméa during the 8-11 December 2009 period. The CD contains all the documents presented and produced during the meeting: the country presentation, keynote presentation and special topics along with some resource material and workshop’s outputs. A complete proceeding of this workshop will be developed in 2010. In the mean time if you wish to receive a copy of the interactive CD then email Marie Ange Hnaujie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tilapia fish of the future for Pacific aquaculture?
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 10:19
Representatives from the Pacific have this week heard from international experts that fish farming of tilapia  the aquatic chicken has reached incredible levels approaching 3 million tonnes and US $5 billion in sales annually worldwide.

The statement was made at a meeting in Noumea organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Communitys Aquaculture Programme.
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