Inland aquaculture holds promise in Solomon Islands

Fish is a diet staple in Solomon Islands, a country of 992 islands surrounded by productive coastal fisheries. But for inland communities, where fresh fish are expensive to buy and supply is irregular, fish consumption is often low.

“In the past, normally my family did not eat fish for around half of the year… sometimes we just lived without thinking about eating fish,” explains Moses Liukalia from Taflankwasa, Malaita Province, who farms fish for home consumption.

Developing inland aquaculture in Solomon Islands

In the Solomon Islands, overfishing and climate change have depleted natural resources and increased pressures on subsistence-level livelihoods. The Developing Inland Aquaculture project is a four-year partnership between WorldFish and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) which seeks to expand currently underdeveloped inland aquaculture (fish farming) to supplement dwindling marine resources in Solomon Islands. Working with government agencies, the project will identify best practice production methods and examine how to effectively introduce or disseminate small-scale aquaculture and learning to communities. The project will build on previous research to help drive the expansion of inland fish farming.

Community-based fisheries management in Solomon Islands

The remote island of Manaoba is home to five small communities, which like most of Solomon Islands rely on fish for food, nutrition and income. However, in recent years fishers in Manaoba have noticed declining fish stocks and the disappearance of certain species from their near-shore reefs.

“At the moment we are experiencing a shortage of fish, so we need more supply in order to earn income to meet our family and other needs,” says Joe Sylvester, who has fished the waters around in Malaita Province since he was a teenager.

Solomon Islands

About WorldFish in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands, an archipelago made up of almost 1,000 islands, is typical of the small island states of the Pacific region in its reliance on fish and agricultural products for food and income. Most rural people live on coasts, small islands, and atolls and rely on agriculture as a main source of rural employment and livelihoods. Fish is a primary animal-source protein and essential for nutritional wellbeing

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