SPC Aquaculture
SPC Works to Strengthen Pacific Aquaculture Farmer Groups
Friday, 07 June 2013 17:24
Tilapia Breeding PondThe Secretariat of the Pacific Community is working through the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Project to support aquaculture farmer networks in the region. The latest one is the Sirinumu cluster in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

This cluster currently has five active farmers who specialise in the cage culture method of farming tilapia in the Sirinumu Dam.Between 18 and 24 May, the IACT aquaculture team was with the Sirinumu tilapia farmers to assess their production and marketing systems.

‘We are working with Sirinumu tilapia farmers to identify what their strengths and weaknesses are and where they need assistance. This approach helps us to work directly with farmers, who are a key part of the supply chain,’ said Avinash Singh, IACT Aquaculture Officer. 

The Sirinumu cluster’s lead farmer, Jonah Bobogi, acts as the nucleus of the group, supplying tilapia fingerlings, cage materials and poultry feed to smaller farmers, like Wahia Tom and Chalie Kore, who find that being part of the cluster is very beneficial.

Both farmers said that they do not have to be concerned about the cost of getting the feed to the farm or finding good markets for their harvested tilapia, as these tasks are taken care of by the cluster lead farmer.

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

Crab CompanyTuesday 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. 

The European Union-provided support came from the Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project. This EU-funded initiative is a regional programme undertaken in 15 Pacific ACP countries and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

The Crab Company is also supported by the Australian Government through the Market Development Facility (MDF), its flagship program for private sector development in Fiji.

SPC supports seaweed farming in the Pacific region
Friday, 07 June 2013 14:25

Fisheries staff from Pacific Island countries learning the techniques of drying seaweed with help from their counterparts in Indonesia. SPC supports seaweed farming in the Pacific region SPC, through the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Project, has been working with seaweed farming communities in the Pacific to identify new export markets for their products.

 This was one of the key reasons that IACT, in collaboration with the Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division of SPC, assisted seaweed producers and government officers from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to take part in the 21st International Seaweed Symposium in Bali, Indonesia.   

The symposium, held from 21–26 April 2013, showcased the results of some of the latest research into processed and semi-refined seaweed products that can possibly be used in value-adding opportunities, such as the manufacture of sausages, patties, shampoos, coffee and snacks. 

Given that seaweed cultivation is cost-effective and uses low technology, IACT Aquaculture Officer, Avinash Singh, says that there are opportunities in the Pacific for large scale operations in seaweed farming.

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.

To help Micronesian countries prevent the accidental import of invasive species, a special training session is held each year for quarantine and biosecurity officers. This year, the 11th subregional training on “Quarantine and biosecurity for Micronesian countries” was held in Guam. The training was organised by the University of Guam, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), and the Guam Department of Agriculture. The trainings, which specifically target quarantine and biosecurity officers within Micronesia, were initiated in 2002 and have been held on annual basis since then.

Postlarval capture and culture of Tridacna maxima giant clams in French Polynesia
Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:13

Giant lamEight giant clam spat collecting stations were set up on Reao Atoll in the eastern Tuamotu Islands of French Polynesia, in a recent joint intervention between the Direction des Ressources Marines (DRM) and SPC. The intervention was funded primarily through the auspices of a Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM) grant. This brings the total number of collecting stations on Tatakoto and Reao atolls — the only two atolls in French Polynesia where this type of giant clam mariculture is allowed — to 26. It is hoped that the giant clam (Tridacna maxima) spat collected from these stations will provide local farmers with a sustainable livelihood, either with the colourful clams reared to a size of at least 4 cm and exported for the aquarium trade, or reared to a bigger size for the meat market (DRM’s main long-term goal).

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