Tilapia fish farming in the Pacific - a responsible way forward
Friday, 26 February 2010 08:40
By Timothy Pickering

In many islands of the Pacific, the environmental costs from past introductions of tilapia have already been paid. How can people in these places now responsibly obtain the expected social benefits?” ?

This question emerged as the main theme of a meeting of regional and international experts hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea, New Caledonia in December 2009. On one hand, tilapia farming is one of the readily available options to regional food security concerns. On the other hand, tilapia is an introduced species, which raises concerns about its impacts on the biodiversity of indigenous freshwater fish.

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