Aquaculture and food security in Solomon Islands - Phase 1
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ACIAR Research Program Manager
In many Pacific island countries and territories there is a widening gap between fish demand and supply. As well there is increasing recognition that growing human populations, combined with the effects of climate change and overfishing on inshore reef fisheries health, will compound food security problems. Recognising the urgent need for new sources of fish to meet food requirements, the Solomon Islands Government has identified inland or freshwater aquaculture development as one means of meeting future demand. This 8-month project will develop a strategy to guide future development of sustainable inland aquaculture in Solomon Islands. Its objectives are: (1) to analyse the potential for development of inland aquaculture in two peri-urban areas - Auki (capital of Malaita Province) and around the national capital Honiara (Guadalcanal Province): (2) to prepare an import risk analysis for genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) introduction; (3) to review existing institutional and policy requirements for aquaculture in Solomon Islands and recommend changes needed to support development of a new aquaculture industry; (4) to communicate findings to stakeholders and recommend priorities for future research.