Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT)

The main goal of the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project is to strengthen the export capacity of Pacific member countries in the primary industries of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and livestock. The project employs a whole-of-supply chain approach, assisting commercial ventures and producer groups to become export-oriented, market-driven enterprises that will consistently supply overseas markets with competitive agriculture, forestry and aquaculture products. The project is implemented by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva, Fiji and started in June 2011.

Fisheries Newsletter

Thursday, 15 October 2015 14:13
Number 147 (May–August 2015)

Produced by the Information Section, Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems, SPC, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia

Produced with financial assistance from the Australian Government, the European Union, France and the New Zealand Aid Programme


Tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean broke another record in 2014 with an estimated total catch of 2.86 million tonnes, which represents 60% of the global tuna production; but this is not sustainable for many of the target and non-target species (see Hampton’s article).

At the same time, and at the other end of the fisheries spectrum, farmers dig holes by hand in their backyard to raise tilapia fish that will help them to put dietary protein on the family table. This type of aquaculture, which requires very basic technology and minimal financial investment, is slowly but steadily developing in our region. In Papua New Guinea, it is estimated that more than 50,000 tilapia farms are now in operation, and in one location ‘former warriors now work together to farm fish after 38 years of tribal war’ (see Sammut’s article).

However, a trend has developed where farmers rush to build farms without seeking expert advice. As a result, these farms are difficult to operate. A strategy has been applied in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, where the Vanuatu Fisheries Department, SPC and WorldFish have joined forces to encourage the forming of farm clusters. This involves using successful ‘lead farms’ as examples so that farmers can learn from them and meet agreed target specifications (see Pickering’s article).

Pacific Island tilapia farmers will never produce 2.86 million tonnes in a year, as the tuna fisheries did, but their contribution to food security, especially in places where communities do not have regular access to animal protein, may become increasingly important.

Aymeric Desurmont
Fisheries Information Specialist




Tilapia fish from farms of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu 
(Image: Tim Pickering)

In this issue


  • South Santo tilapia farmers gear up to increase production (pdf: 861 KB)

  • Tilapia incubator trials to increase seed production in Fiji (pdf: 264 KB)

  • Tuna in focus – SPC scientists provide the latest information to WCPFC 11th Scientific Committee meeting (pdf: 151 KB)

  • We want more! – 10 successful tagging seasons +1: CP11 to be launched (pdf: 369 KB)

  • Was this tuna caught around a FAD or not? (pdf: 247 KB)

  • Deployment of subsurface FADs from small vessels for fishing communities in Choiseul (pdf: 914 KB)


  • Vatuika FADs survive category 5 cyclone Pam in Vanuatu (pdf: 635 KB)

  • Project launch: Improving technologies for inland aquaculture in Papua New Guinea (pdf: 320 KB)

  • Public expenditure of Pacific Island countries and territories fisheries agencies (pdf: 152 KB)

  • Alternative futures for the Pacific food system (pdf: 660 KB)

  • Assessing the vulnerability of fish spawning aggregations in the Great Barrier Reef: A new approach for fishery managers? (pdf: 167 KB)


  • New Caledonian Offshore Fishers Federation launches ‘Responsible Fisheries’ ecolabel 
    by Jean_François Huglo (pdf: 846 KB)

  • Bycatch is troublesome – Deal with it!
    by Shelley Clarke (pdf: 432 KB)

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