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Author: Tokerau Jim

Title: Vavau pearl shell jewelry workshop report

Source: SPC

Date : June 2008

Keywords: Pearl shell carving, Jewelry making, Tonga

Abstract: In May 2008, master carver Tokerau Jim from Rarotonga Cook Islands was sent to Vavau, Tonga to train local handicraft makers to make jewelery with pearl oyster shells, namely Pteria penguin shells. This report describes the achievements of this workshop and is well illustrated with pictures.

Authors: Bill Johnston and Tim Pickering

Title: The economics of aquaculture in comparison with other rural development opportunities in Pacific islands

Source: USP Marine Studies Technical Report 2003/07

Date : October 2003

Keywords: Economic models, aquaculture developpement

Abstract: Economic decision tools aim to assist farmers and potential investors understand the economic requirements, costs and benefits, and risks involved in production. Existing and future farmers can develop farm models based upon experience and apply it to decision-making and management.

Technical Report Aquaculture Policy FrameworkBackground

Policy-making can be defined as ‘the process by which governments translate their political vision into programmes and actions to deliver outcomes’.  A solid, well-grounded and robust policy aquaculture framework is required as a basis for sustainable development and its contribution to food security and economic growth.  A policy provides the well-considered sectoral goal and objectives that are essential for subsequent strategy and development planning. 

To date aquaculture development in the Pacific Island region has largely occurred in a policy vacuum, and that this has undoubtedly contributed to the sector’s slow and uncertain growth since its inception after the Second World War.  Indicators of this lack of policy direction include:

  • A dearth of strategic analysis and resultant plans, resulting in both government and donor-led aquaculture development activities often having limited commercial viability or long-term economic sustainability;
  • The wide-spread introduction of exotic species into many river and coastal systems with likely irreversible effects; and
  • A marked reluctance for private sector investment in aquaculture in the Pacific compared to other similar bio-geographic regions.

The purpose of this study was therefore to evaluate the policy-making needs of the 15 ACP countries in the Pacific Region and to provide a set of practical guidelines for developing an aquaculture policy framework.  This study has been implemented by the ACP Fish II Programme with European Union (EU) funding.

Authors : Anonymous
Title : SPC-HOF Guidelines for the Introduction and Translocation of Aquatic Organisms for Aquaculture and Culture-Based Fisheries
Source : SPC
Date : 2003
Keywords : Guideline ; translocation ; aquatic Organism





Title: SPC Regional Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Disease Reporting Workshop

Author: Tim Pickering, Anju Mangal, Ken Cokanasiga

Source: SPC

Keywords: OIE, WAHIS, Disease Reporting, PICTs

Abstract :Pacific Island countries can look forward to continuing to export marine ornamental products to the European Union (EU) conditional on improving their reporting on the status of animal and aquatic health in the region to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). This lack of animal health reporting capacity has become a specific trade facilitation issue affecting the Pacific region’s export trade in ornamental aquatic species worth approximately USD 20 million annually
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