Aquaculture updates from Papua New Guinea (March 2009)
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 15:41

By Ben Ponia


In March 2009, SPC's Aquaculture Adviser, Ben Ponia, visited Papua New Guinea (PNG) to assess SPC programming assistance in that country. He was assisted by counterparts from PNG's National Fisheries Authority (NFA) including NFA's Aquaculture Manager Jacob Wani. Several locations were visited to view recent developments and some observations from that visit are provided here.

Rabbitfish: a candidate for aquaculture in the Pacific?(March 2009)
Thursday, 25 June 2009 00:00

By Antoine Teitelbaum, Tap Prior, Frank Legarrec, Cletus Oengpepa and Patrick Mesia


Worldwide, rabbitfish species have long been identified as appropriate candidates for aquaculture. For example, Siganus canaliculatus, S. guttatus, S. virgatus, S. spinus, S. punctatus, S. fuscescens and S. javus in Malaysia and Philippines (Pacoli 1983; Von Wersternhagen and Rosenthal, 1976) and Indonesia, S. canaliculatus on the east coast of Africa (Bwathondi, 1982), S. rivulatus in the Middle East and Mediterranean region (Cagiltay 2003) and finally S. randalli, S. lineatus and S. fuscescens in the Pacific region (Brown et al. 1994; Rechellul pers. comm., Legarrec pers. comm.).

New Caledonia Fisheries officers bring back home lobster farming techniques (January 2009)
Saturday, 24 January 2009 00:00

By Antoine Teitelbaum

New Caledonia’s aquaculture sector has been mostly focusing on shrimps over the past decades. However, there is now a will for diversification. Thanks to its very rich environment, New Caledonia is looking at industries that could use the diverse and abundant natural resources to build up small to medium scale aquaculture sector.

Vanuatu’s anemonefish (Amphiprion spp.) hatchery trials (January 2009)
Friday, 23 January 2009 00:00


 By Antoine Teitelbaum and Sompert Gereva

As part of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project “Development of aquaculture based livelihoods in the Pacific Islands region and tropical Australia” (FIS2006/138), Vanuatu’s Fisheries Department, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), will launch a small-scale anemonefish farming trial in Vanuatu. The aim of this project is to determine whether anemonefish farming could be a viable activity in rural areas of Vanuatu. It is hoped that with technological advances becoming more accessible, such activities could extend to other part of the Pacific Islands region where the aquarium trade is active.

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.

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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