Aquaculture

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Developing aquaculture to benefit island communities

Profiling Island Habitats

MIMRA is committed to promote and develop aquaculture as a source of economic development and alternative income for communities throughout the Marshall Islands. To meet this goal, the Aquaculture Section has added additional activities to its work plan that target development of an Aquaculture Profile across the Marshall Islands. MIMRA is compiling and collecting information for all atolls and islands to identify suitable habitats and viable marine species for potential aquaculture projects. The assessments include site and habitat surveys, documentation of viable marine species, and aquaculture socio-economic surveys. Community consultations are an essential element of these visits to develop awareness on MIMRA’s aquaculture projects, and engage the community in activities to be conducted. Three atolls — Ailinglaplap, Ebon and Likiep — were surveyed in 2016. With this as a benchmark, a minimum of three communities per year will be targeted for aquaculture assessments.

Majuro GC Training

Sixteen trainees from around Majuro participated in a three-month giant clam farm training consisting of both classroom and practical/field sessions.

Aquaculture

Artificial Spawning of Tridacna Maxima


Aquaculture

Artificial Spawning of Tridacna Maxima


Aquaculture

Majuro Trainee GC Cage sites


Aquaculture

Artificial Spawning of Tridacna Maxima


Aquaculture

Majuro GC Training


Aquaculture

Majuro GC Training


Giant Clam farming

Arno and Likiep Giant Clam hatcheries have undergone extensive repair and maintenance and are in full operation. Hatcheries Technicians and Aquaculture Specialist have successfully induced artificial spawning.  As of yet, juvenile clams have not reached suitable size to be distributed to the local farmers therefore, no clams have yet been distributed.  However, construction of ocean nursery cages have been carried out in Likiep Atoll as part of one of the proposed training project under the UNDP-Small Grant Funding (SGP) funding awarded to the Likiep Atoll Aquaculture Association.   Additional trainings such as construction and maintenance of a raceway tank, artificial spawning of Tridacna maxima, and giant clam stock enhancement in the Marine Protected Area in Likiep Atoll will be conducted later on in the year.

A giant clam farming workshop supported by National Training Council (NTC) and Majuro Atoll Local Government (MALGOV), was conducted in April 2016 for local communities in Majuro Atoll.  The objectives of the workshop was to promote giant clam farming in Majuro as an alternative income generating opportunity for Majuro Atoll communities and enhance sustainable resource management.

Sixteen trainees from all over Majuro participated in the 3-month training consisting of both classroom and practical/outfield session.  Throughout the training, the trainees familiarized themselves with skills required for effective maintenance of nursery cages and juvenile giant clam, how to construct ocean nursery cages, cement cookie trays, and how to carry out giant clam artificial spawning. Additionally, monitoring the status of the trainees’ cages and giant clams was carried out by the MIMRA staff once a week for 10 weeks. Considering the condition of Majuro’s lagoon, the weekly monitor was carried out to assess the status of participants’ cage maintenance efforts and to assess the mortality and survival rate of the giant clams at the given sites.  MIMRA does not have a giant clam hatchery in Majuro and with this information; it will help in assessing future potential sites for giant clam farming and assist in MIMRA’s plans to expand the giant clam program.

Micronesian Aquaculture to Sustainable Development

A new intergovernmental network organization namely Micronesian Association for Aquaculture Development (MASA), came into force on 25 November 2015 where high level officials of the founding member governments signed its charter in Palau. The adoption of the MASA Agreement marked the transition of MASA as a project assisted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to MASA as an independent organization, owned and operated by its member governments.

Member countries include Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau & Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in which the Government of Palau will host the headquarters of the Association.

The Inaugural Meeting was convened immediately after the signing of the MASA Agreement where the MASA administrative instruments were endorsed by the High Level Officials Meeting namely the Rules of Procedures and the Financial Regulations. It also adopted the Three-Year Technical Work Program and Headquarters Agreement subject to further negotiations between the Association and the Host Government which is the Republic of Palau.  Other important decisions such as the appointment of an Interim Secretariat and contribution of countries membership fees are yet to be concluded.
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