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Author: Hambrey Consulting

Title: Aquaponics Research Project - The relevance of aquaponics to the New Zealand aid programme particularly in the Pacific

Source: New Zealand Aid Programme - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Date: December 2013

Abstracts: Aquaponics is a food production system that combines intensive aquaculture (raising aquatic animals in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in a nutrient solution). The nutrient rich effluents from the aquaculture component are circulated through the hydroponic component where a proportion of these nutrients are taken up by the plants before the water is returned to the fish tanks. 

The technology of aquaponics has been with us since the 1960’s, but interest has increased rapidly in recent years due to widespread interest in local sustainable food initiatives, and awareness amongst development agencies that aquaponics may allow for the production of both vegetables and fish in water-deficient or soil-deficient zones. The technology is also of particular interest to aquaculture scientists as a possible tool for the reduction/remediation of nutrient waste from intensive aquaculture production.  


Author: Avinash Singh, IACT Aquaculture Officer.

Source: SPC with the financial assistance of the Europeen Union

Project: Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade

Date: May 2014

Title: Pacificic Aquaculture Aquaculture Directory - 2013

Key words:  American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna

Authors: Hambrey consulting in association with Nautilus Consultants

Title: Opportunities for the development of the Pacific Islands Mariculture Sector

Source: SPC

Date: November 2011

Keywords: mariculture, economic assessment


This overview report addresses opportunities for the development of the Pacific Islands’ mariculture sector in general terms. More specific analysis of opportunity in particular countries is presented in the five accompanying country reports (Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands).

Authors: Johan Bell and Tim Pickering

Title: Aquaculture and climate change

Source: SPC

Date: 2012

Keywords: aquaculture, climate change


The aim of this policy brief is to:

-          Alert Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) to the projected effects of climate change on the contributions of aquaculture to food security and livelihoods; and

-          Identify the adaptations and policies needed to capitalise on the opportunities and reduce the threats.

Authors: Ruth Garcia Gomez and Jeff Kinch

Title: Pathogen and Ecological Risk Analysis for the introduction of Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) from the Philippines into Papua New Guinea

Source: SPC

Date: January 2012

Keywords: Risk analysis, cobia.

Abstract: The objective of this document is to undertake an Introduction Risk Analysis (IRA) of the potential pathogen-related, ecological, and socio-economic risks associated with the proposed introduction of an improved strain of cobia (Rachycentron canadum) from the Philippines into Papua New Guinea (PNG) for aquaculture development. The proposed location for grow out of cobia is the Kavieng Lagoon in the New Ireland Province and will be undertaken by a private company which is based in Kavieng, with technical and quarantine support from the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) and their Nago Island Mariculture and Research Facility which is located in the Kavieng Lagoon; and the National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA).