SPC Aquaculture
SPC and Fiji Fisheries organise practical training on microalgae production for mariculture species
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:18

Microalgae are microscopic plants inhabiting the world’s oceans and other aquatic environments. They are the world’s fastest-growing plants: they can double their biomass daily, providing essential nutrition for aquatic animals, including omega-3 oils and other lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. Most marine hatcher­ies grow a variety of microalgae species that serve different needs throughout the production cycle.

Microalgae culture is the most expensive and techni­cally challenging aspect of all hatchery operations. It is estimated that the cost of producing microalgae feed ranges from USD 100 to USD 400 per dry kilogram of microalgae.

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Is aquaponics viable in the Pacific Islands?
Monday, 16 June 2014 13:52

Aquaponics meeting in the Cook IslandsFish and vegetable production by aquaponics is grabbing more attention these days among SPC member countries and territories in the Pacific Islands. Because there is not yet much of a track record of experience with aquaponics under our own local conditions, it can be difficult for people not familiar with the subject to separate fact from fad and make sound decisions about it. SPC convened a meeting of experts and repre­sentatives of interested Pacific Island countries and territories in October 2013 that aimed to collate experi­ences to date and find out whether aquaponics can indeed move from a nice idea to an actual industry in the insular Pacific. 

But first, what is aquaponics? Here’s the short answer: it’s a polyculture system in which three groups of organisms — fish, vegetables and nitrifying bacteria — are grown in water that is re-circulated in an enclosed tank system. Fish excrete nitrogenous waste (mainly as ammonia), but plants need nitrogenous compounds (mainly nitrate) as their fertiliser. Nitrifying bacteria provide the link between fish and plants, by converting ammonia from the fish into nitrate for the plants. This makes aquaponics a pro-biotic system where “friendly” bacteria are encouraged.

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Learning about biosecurity to better protect our natural resources
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:40
An enormous amount of goods and passengers are regularly transported by air and by sea to, and among, the countries within Micronesia. These countries are considered to be “hot spots” of biodiversity, and therefore, the accidental or deliberate introduction of diseases and/or invasive species (through the movement of people and products) could have an extremely negative impact on these fragile island environments.
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Kiribati participates in international animal disease reporting system
Monday, 16 June 2014 14:51

In the midst of climate change and disaster risk preparedness planning, raising awareness on terrestrial and aquatic animal disease reporting has become an important need for Kiribati. This was highlighted during a five-day workshop attended by government officials from Kiribati’s Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture and its Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource Development.

The training, held in South Tarawa from 23 to 27 September 2013, was also attended by fish farmers and exporters of live aquatic organisms. Kiribati is one of the largest exporters of marine ornamentals among SPC member countries and territories, and this sector could be jeopardised by the current limited knowledge regarding the health status of aquatic animals.

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European Union and Australian government provide boost for new aquaculture enterprise
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:23

Tuesday 18 February 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva

The European Union and the Government of Australia have jointly helped support the first ever commercial mud crab business in Fiji.  The Crab Company of (Fiji) Ltd. started operating in 2011, and today it celebrated the launch of its new and improved farming and processing facilities in Navua. 

The facilities are expected to help the business increase production and better serve the market demands for Fiji’s mud crabs. 

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