SPC Aquaculture
Building capacity for Solomon Islands in freshwater aquaculture (December 2008)
Monday, 01 December 2008 00:00

By James Ngwaerobo

 

With the increasing pressure on capture fisheries, freshwater aquaculture has potential to develop among the PICTs. SPC and USP are taking a lead to assist the development of tilapia and freshwater prawn farming among the PICTs.  

The Aquaculture Development Plan for Solomon Islands, recently developed by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) in collaboration with SPC, listed freshwater aquaculture (tilapia and prawn) as a priority. To further strengthen the Solomon Islands Freshwater and Brackish programme , MFMR requested that SPC provide training to enable MFMR to build capacity to implement its programme. A three-week training and work attachment was conducted by SPC and USP in collaboration with the Aquaculture Unit of Dairy Farms (Fiji) Ltd. (DFF), and the Naduruloulou Research Station (NRS) of the Fiji Islands Department of Fisheries. As a member of MFMR staff based in the newly established Aquaculture Division, I was able to attend this training.

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A regional consultation to support the marine ornamental industry (January 2009)
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 00:00

 By Antoine Teitelbaum, Beeing Yeeting, Ben Ponia and Jeff Kinch,

 

SPC has been assisting the region to develop management and monitoring regimes to ensure the long-term sustainability of the marine ornamental trade whilst promoting best eco-friendly industry practices to ensure maximum benefits from these resources. As part of this effort, the Aquaculture Section and the Live Reef Fisheries Section of SPC and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted a subregional workshop in Noumea, New Caledonia in early December 2008 on the marine aquarium trade. The workshop was a technical consultation between private stakeholders, public stakeholders and specialists from this industry in the Pacific to examine current and new issues in the trade and to identify national and regional initiatives that will ensure the long-term sustainability of this important, yet relatively unknown industry.

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