Activities
Promoting Sustainable Mariculture in Papua New Guinea
Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:33

A new mariculture project focusing on the development and promotion of sustainable mariculture activities in New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was recently launched. The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and is based on Nago Island near the town of Kavieng.

SPC’s Aquaculture Section is involved in the project’s implementation, in partnership with Australia’s James Cook University, PNG’s National Fisheries Authority (NFA), and PNG’s University for Natural Resources and Environment, the main implementing agencies.

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Successful red emperor snapper spawning at the Mariculture Development Centre in New Caledonia
Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:46

New Caledonia’s Northern Province has been selected for the establishment of the new Mariculture Technical Development Centre (CCDTAM) on the Foué peninsula in Koné, the administrative capital of the Northern Province.

The construction of CCDTAM was a partnership between the local government and New Caledonia’s three provinces (Northern, Southern and Loyalty Islands). CCDTAM is currently being managed by ADECAL (the territory’s Agency for Economic Development) as part of the activities of an innovation and technological park created in 2011 (Technopole de Nouvelle-Calédonie).

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Producing Platax in Tahiti – goals and challenges!
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:15

By Thomas Launay, Production Manager, TFA Farm

 

Tahiti Fish Aquaculture (TFA) is the second Platax fish farm set up in French Polynesia since 2011. The farm is located on the Tahiti Peninsula on the island of Tahiti, near the village of Tautira. Thomas Launay, Production Manager and associate of the farm’s owner, Eddy Laille, talked to us about his experience:

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Juvenile lobster collection and grow-out for the food market in New Caledonia – a reality!
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 09:44

By Ruth Garcia Gomez

A number of countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, have long practiced the collection and grow-out of spiny lobster (Panulirus ornatus) post-larvae (pueruli) for food. Following in their footsteps, New Caledonia’s provincial fisheries officers, in close collaboration with the territory’s Agency for Economic Development (ADECAL) and SPC’s Aquaculture Section, initiated lobster collection and grow-out trials in selected New Caledonian coastal locations in 2009. The first collection trials were carried out during 2010 in Ouano Bay, a well-know lobster settlement area, and yielded very promising initial results.

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Practical training on milkfish capture-based aquaculture in Fiji
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:40

By Tim Pickering

 

Milkfish have been identified by SPC, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and governments of Pacific Island countries and territories as a fish species that has potential for low-cost aquaculture. If viable in the Pacific, milkfish aquaculture could help meet the projected increased demand for food fish by growing populations, and the demand for fishing bait by tuna longline fleets.

 

Attributes that make milkfish (Chanos chanos, or yawa in Fijian) suitable for low-cost aquaculture include the possibility of capturing fingerlings from the wild for pond stocking, and rearing them on (mainly) natural feeds growing in the pond. This saves money because the cost of running a hatchery is avoided. Milkfish are low in the food chain and can eat naturally occurring sea plants and plankton in addition to low-cost formulated pellet feeds.

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Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade project calling for expressions of interest
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:34

By Avinash Singh

The European Union (EU)-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project (housed at SPC in Fiji) has now hit full stride with a call for expressions of interest from enterprises in Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste. The project invites enterprises such as private businesses, associations, councils and non-governmental organisations to apply for assistance in improving and diversifying agricultural exports. There is also scope for projects that focus on commodities that will aid in import substitution.

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