Pacific Workshop on Aquaculture Develops Technical Assistance Plan for Biosecurity and Statistics

SPC15 October 2012: The Secretariats of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) convened a meeting for representatives from Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) fisheries and quarantine departments, in Noumea, New Caledonia, in early October. The meeting agreed on a broad regional plan of action to provide technical assistance on aquatic biosecurity and aquaculture statistics, to be implemented by FAO and SPC in partnership with PICTs.

According to SPC, although aquaculture is the fastest growing food-producing sector globally, the Pacific aquaculture sector remains small, but is predicted to expand. Most PICTs are keen to develop aquaculture for food security, livelihoods, and fisheries re-stocking.

The workshop noted the need for capacity building in the region, and that some PICTs have already introduced risk analysis and have practical experiences that can be shared regionally. The workshop agreed on the need to reinforce and scale up existing capabilities in a coordinated manner at national and regional levels, for the sustainable development and sound management of aquaculture in the Pacific region. [SPC Press Release]