Mauri & Welcome to Aquaculture Unit
The main activity of the Aquaculture unit is to work closely with local communities in all aquaculture related activities to help develop new income generating activities. This would then help achieve one of the Fisheries Division Objective in trying to manage the coastal fisheries resources by diversifying the fishing pressure on coastal resources to Aquaculture activities
The main objectives of the unit are to:
Promote sustainable aquaculture development suitable for Kiribati context
Revival of Potential outer island milkfish fishponds by providing milkfish fries
Carry out research activities on potential aquaculture species
Introduction of potential aquaculture species suitable for aquaculture development
Carry out restocking and enhancement program to important commercial species of concern
Giant clam spawning and community farming. The aim of spawning activity is to restock the depleted reefs around Tarawa and to assist the Atoll Beauties in the giant clam community farming. The Giant clam community farming is also another activity this unit is actively involved in, learning from succesful results around the country.
Reintroduction of Seaweed new strain (Maumere strain). To revive the seaweed in the Gilbert group a new strain of seaweed (Mamure strain) was reintroduced in 2012.
Introduction of Sandfish sea cucumber. Sandfish sea cucumber was introduced from Fiji in early 2013 for the sandfish enhancement program with the aim of trialling sandfish spawning for the community farming using sea pens, which could provide another income generating activity for local communities.
Supplying of milkfish fingerlings to the outer islands to support food security.