This project aims to improve the wellbeing of Pacific coastal communities through more productive and resilient fisheries and better food and nutrition security. It is part of the Pacific Community’s New Song strategy, which calls for a stronger, co-ordinated approach to developing and managing coastal fisheries.
Securing the sustainable supply of coastal fish is a priority for Pacific governments and regional organisations. The region will need an extra 100,000 tonnes of fish a year by 2030 to feed its people. Catching, trading and eating fish are central to the Pacific way of life, but fisheries are declining because of poor management, rising populations, and climate change. Without fish, islanders risk malnourishment and obesity, which affects their ability to earn money and contribute to society.
The project will improve community-based fisheries management in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Improved governance and management will enhance food security, sustainability, and human wellbeing. The project will also build agencies and communities’ capacity in research and management. It will improve law and policy, and integrate fish into rural development policy through whole-of-government approaches to nutrition.