Hatchery production and restocking of sandfish in community-managed fishing rights areas (qoliqoli), Fiji Islands (09/2008)
Thursday, 25 September 2008 00:00


By Cathy Hair and Tim Pickering

Sea cucumbers are valuable but severely depleted fisheries throughout Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), and Fiji is no exception.  In Fiji, dairo (or sandfish, Holothuria scabra) is an important sea cucumber species that also forms part of the Fijian traditional diet, so it contributes to food security in addition to being a lucrative export commodity. In the last 20 years, fishing pressure — stemming from export demand — has resulted in declines in size and abundance of individuals of this accessible shallow-water species.


Training for seaweed farmers and project field-men in Fiji Islands (09/2008)
Monday, 01 September 2008 00:00

By Tim Pickering


Fiji’s Department of Fisheries and SPC’s Aquaculture Section recently collaborated on an advanced-skills training in Kappaphycus seaweed farming for seaweed project field men in Fiji. Organised jointly by Department of Fisheries staff Lorima Hansen and Sam Mario and SPC’s Tim Pickering (10–12 September), the emphasis was on seaweed nursery techniques (floating raft and floating longline construction), seaweed biology and ecology (to understand culture and processing methods), an update of current trends in world markets, and a full-day practical session (at Nukulau Island near Suva). 

Aquaculture updates from Palau (09/2008)
Monday, 01 September 2008 00:00

By Ben Ponia


While attending the FFC Fisheries Ministerial Conference in Palau, SPC’s Aquaculture Adviser, Ben Ponia, took the opportunity to make some site visits and meet with people involved in aquaculture and coastal fisheries, including:

 - Ngatpang State milkfish farm project. Located about an hour’s drive from Koror the farm receives up to 2.4 million fingerlings per year from Taiwan.
Seventh symposium on diseases in Asian aquaculture
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 00:00
The seventh Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA VII) took place from 22–26 June 2008 in Taipei, Taiwan (website: This symposium is principally a forum for scientists and students from the Asia-Pacific region specialising in the health of aquatic animals. The Fish Health Section of the Asian Fisheries Society holds this event every three years. The group was established in May 1989 for the purpose of producing technical materials on the health of aquatic animals. DAA VII was convened to bring together participants from around the world to discuss their work and develop new strategies for promoting aquatic animal health in Asia.
Support for the Tongan half-pearl industry (05/2008)
Tuesday, 24 June 2008 00:00

By Antoine Teitelbaum, Paul C. Southgate, Andrew Beer, Poasi N Fale and Martin Finau


In May 2008, the SPC aquaculture officer went to Tonga to provide assistance to two projects aiming at stimulating the small-scale half pearl (mabe) industry that is present in the Vava’u group of Tonga.


A pearl shell carving training workshop was organized by SPC in Vava’u and involved local craftsman and woman whom wished to improve their pearl shell and mabe handicrafts production. Tokerau Jim, a master carver from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, was contracted by SPC to deliver the highest possible quality, hands on, training.

Aquaculture is taking off in Vanuatu (03/2008)
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 00:00


By Antoine Teitelbaum and Sompert Gereva




In the past few years, all of the necessary ingredients for making aquaculture viable have come together in Vanuatu: political and economic stability, an ideal geographic location, and the much-needed support from the government.



Aquaculture commodities targeting food markets, stock enhancement or live aquarium markets are progressing towards economic viability and sustainability. Although more commodities are being produced on a small scale in Vanuatu, the characteristics of the main aquaculture productions are described below.

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