Project final report

Developing aquaculture-based livelihoods in the Pacific islands region and tropical Australia - Final report

Date released
25 November 2013
978 1 922137 90 6
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Cathy Hair, Paul Southgate, Tim Pickering, Pranesh Kishore, Monal Lal, Marilyn Vilisoni, et al.


This project aimed to support sustainable aquaculture in Pacific island countries, and assist Indigenous aquaculture in tropical Australia.

The research supported the Regional Aquaculture Strategy of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and included 26 mini-projects addressing critical bottlenecks and opportunities in research, technology transfer and capacity building.

The project included culture of ornamental species, pearls and pearl oysters, freshwater fish and prawns, mud crab, sea cucumber and seaweed. It also supported aquaculture through improved business skills, feed production, culture system design and disease testing. Benefits were seen to be immediate, particularly enhancing aquaculture technical skills and the professional capacity of researchers, technicians and extension officers in countries in the Pacific islands.