Activities
ACIAR aquaculture mini-projects (03/2008)
Thursday, 20 March 2008 00:00

By Ben Ponia

 

Project leaders for the ACIAR-funded aquaculture mini-project scheme met in Fiji in February to develop small, flexible project proposals that will help aquaculture development in the Pacific region to overcome bottlenecks. The meeting was also an opportunity to learn about ACIAR post-graduate scholarships, which are open to students at the University of the South Pacific.

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Freshwater prawn and tilapia farms in Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands (03/2008)
Thursday, 20 March 2008 00:00

By Nadia Chagnaud and Tim Pickering 

 

 

A four-day field trip to Vanua Levu was made in February to meet with freshwater prawn and tilapia farmers and other stakeholders interesting in developing freshwater aquaculture.

 

 

Tavanesa Vakalevu (Fisheries Division, Labasa, Fiji) and Nadia Chagnaud (Aquaculture Section SPC, Noumea) met with farmers and ex-farmers around Savusavu, Cakaudrove Province in southern Vanua Levu. This fieldwork provided an opportunity to test an evaluation version of a personal digital assistant (PDA) with GPS functionalities. This tool runs a version of Microsoft Office and has ArcPAD installed (Arc PAD is a geographic information system package dedicated to PDAs).
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Aquaculture updates for Tonga (01/2008)
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 00:00

 

By Ben Ponia

 

In January 2008, SPC’s Aquaculture Adviser, Ben Ponia, visited Tonga to meet with government and private sector personnel to share information on aquaculture developments, and to plan for regional assistance to the aquaculture sector. Some highlights of this visit are included here. 

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Updates on post-larval fish capture and culture technology transfer between Cook Islands and French Poynesia (04/2008)
Wednesday, 12 March 2008 00:00

By Antoine Teitelbaum, Emmanuel Malpot, Koroa Raumea and Richard Story

 

The last issue of the Fisheries Newsletter contained a description of the first set of post-larval capture and culture (PCC) experiments that were run in Cook Islands. These experiments were made possible, thanks to technical input of experts from French Polynesia and financial support from the French Pacific Fund. This article describes the Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) staff training on Bora Bora. Training took place on a farm where PCC activities have been developed to a semi-commercial level. Some of the results of the sampling performed in Aitutaki from November 2007 to March 2008 are presented here.

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SPC hosts one of the first regional meetings concerning the issue of aquatic biosecurity (12/2007)
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 00:00

By Ben Ponia 

What is biosecurity? 

 

When hearing the term “aquatic biosecurity”, the first question many people may ask is “What is it?” There is no simple answer. Aquatic biosecurity encompasses a range of concerns relating to the responsible quarantine and translocation of marine aquatic plants and animals, the protection of important ecological and cultural aquatic species, managing aquatic disease outbreaks, safeguarding public health, and abiding by international trade standards.
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SPC Pacific-Asia Marine Fish Mariculture Technical Workshop: Farming Marine Fishes for our Future (01/2009)
Tuesday, 11 December 2007 00:00

By Antoine Teitelbaum

 

Marine finfish farming in the Pacific Islands region Rapid advances are being made in marine fish aquaculture. Traditionally, large commercial interests — such as the European salmon farming industry — have taken the lead. More recently, however, the strong market demand in Asia for live reef fish has led to a rapid increase in localised production. According to the FAO State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2004, the quantity of farmed marine fish in Asia is 900,000 mt in Asia, and is 1.5 million mt for the rest of the world These well developed industries pose relevant issues for the Pacific Islands region.

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