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Developing pearl industry-based livelihoods in the western Pacific

This project aims to increase the resilience, productivity, community engagement and livelihood opportunities from pearl farming in Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.
Pearl farming is the Pacific region's most valuable and highest priority aquaculture activity. Pearl culture is compatible with traditional lifestyles. Coastal communities can increase their livelihood through collecting juveniles ('spat'), growing juvenile oysters, and producing half-pearls (mab?), round pearls, and handicrafts.
Despite these initial successes, pearl culture and associated activities are still at an early stage of development in these countries. Further research is required to consolidate the engagement of communities in pearl farming to maximise benefits, to grow all sectors of the industry, and to develop livelihood opportunities from pearl culture in partner countries.