Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are paying off in PNG inland aquaculture
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 09:32

By Timothy Pickering


There is nowadays a greatly increased level of private-sector involvement in Papua New Guinea inland aquaculture, which has stemmed from past government-initiated projects and demonstration facilities in hatchery and feed-making technologies.


SPC Aquaculture Section staff were part of a Training Needs Assessment team for the PNG National Fisheries College in Kavieng, which in July made visits to key PNG aquaculture areas and installations. We were already aware of, and have been greatly impressed by, the vigour and enthusiasm with which small-sale household level businesses or community projects are being based around inland aquaculture of tilapia, carp and trout.

Aquaculture health training trip to Western Australia
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 10:47
by Rarahu David

 In 2008, following a series of exchanges with Western Australia’s Department of Fisheries Animal Health Laboratory (FHL), the Biotechnical and Pearl Quality Laboratory (LBQP) of the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER), and the Pearl Oyster Department (PRL), Dr Brian Jones and his colleague, Dr Fran Stephens, visited the PRL-IFREMER-SPE (French Polynesia’s Fisheries Department) research station in Vairao, Tahiti. This visit allowed useful exchanges about diseases at pearl oyster farms but also about shrimp and fish diseases. FHL is, in fact, in charge of diagnosing aquatic animal diseases (except for mammals) in the state of Western Australia, and Dr Jones, the lab’s head pathologist, is an internationally known aquatic disease researcher.
Aquaculture and food security in Solomon Islands
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 10:37

Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) are some of the most vulnerable nations to climate change. Growing populations, combined with climate change and overfishing of inshore reef fish, will compound food security problems arising from an increasing gap between fish demand and supply. Along with some other PICTs, Solomon Islands recognises the need for new sources of fish to meet future food security requirements. Options include fish imports, increasing access to offshore tuna fisheries such as with inshore fish aggregating devices, and aquaculture development. The Government of Solomon Islands has identified inland aquaculture as one means of addressing the gap between fish supply and demand

CNMI expresses interest in offshore aquaculture
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 09:47

By Antoine Teitelbaum

Worldwide, open ocean cage aquaculture (or offshore aquaculture) is regarded as an industry with huge potential and which is largely underdeveloped. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has recently expressed interest in developing this industry.  Earlier this year, CNMI organised an open ocean cage aquaculture symposium on Saipan. This is a significant development in a region where marine finfish aquaculture is only just being considered.  

New Caledonia lobster aquaculture trials: The season is here!
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 15:50
By Antoine Teitelbaum

Over the last couple of years, New Caledonia’s provincial fisheries offices have aimed at implementing a small experimental lobster aquaculture industry based on wild Panulrius ornatus pueruli, which are mainly caught as they settle into the lagoon. In 2009, fisheries officers from New Caledonia had the opportunity to attend a study tour in Vietnam where they witnessed all aspects of the industry, from collection to grow-out in sea cages.
Technical Assistance for Pearl Jewellery Training in the Marshall Islands
Monday, 14 March 2011 09:41

By Simon Ellis and Dr. Maria Haws

From November 23-29th 2010 a pearl jewellery and marketing training was held in the RMI. The primary sponsor of the workshop was the Marshall Islands Marine Resource Authority (MIMRA) with technical and financial assistance from the University of Hawaii Hilo (UHH) – Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC), the Marine and Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

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