Communities along Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) vast coastline, dependent on marine resources for their livelihoods, will benefit from this targeted mariculture project.
Mariculture is a branch of aquaculture involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other products. Traditionally, the sea cucumber provided income to local communities, but overfishing resulted in a nationwide moratorium.
Increasing capacity within partner country organisations, and with coastal communities to better use the economic potential and livelihood opportunities of the mariculture industry in New Ireland, is a priority.
Expected project outcomes
- Further development of community-based mariculture and improved livelihood opportunities.
- Attainment of extensive information relating to the feasibility of various potential mariculture activities with emphasis on village-based culture systems.
- Greater institutional awareness of regional mariculture potential and improved capabilities to support sustainable mariculture development and increased household livelihood opportunities.
- Improved mariculture production methods for sea cucumbers and ornamental species which both support fledgling industries in Australia, and potential for trade development with the Australian aquarium supply industry.
- Greater community awareness of mariculture opportunities in PNG, where there is no real mariculture tradition.
- Potential income generation opportunities for women and young people.