Improving Food Security with Fish Aggregating Devices
Fish aggregating device, Solomon Islands
In Solomon Islands, as well as in many other Pacific Island Countries and Territories, fish is a major source of protein, especially for rural and coastal people. However, growing populations combined with the effects of climate change and increased fishing pressure on inshore reef fisheries means the gap between fish demand and supply is increasing. If steps are not taken to alleviate this situation, it is predicted that a number of these countries and territories will be unable to meet their nutritional needs from reef fisheries by 2030 (Bell et al. 2009).
Inshore Fish Aggregating Devices Project
Expanding the project’s reach
Ultimately, the project aims to increase the amount of pelagic fish that fishers catch in order to reduce the pressure on vulnerable reef fish. Analysis of the outcomes will shape future policy regarding the use of fish aggregating devices as a means to improve food security in the Solomon Islands and the wider Pacific.
Bell, J,D., Kronen, M., Vunisea, A., Nash, W.J., Keeble, G., Demmke, A., Pontife, S. and Andréfouë S.. 2009. Planning the use of fish for food security in the Pacific. Marine Policy 33: 64-76