This highly collaborative project seeks to transfer technology for sustainable, capture-based
aquaculture and hatchery rearing methods of Siganids to agriculture/aquaculture professionals,
extension agents, private sector aquaculture entrepreneurs and sustainable development NGO’s in
the Micronesia region. The project covers 2 islands in the FSM and one island in the RMI, making
it a multi-state effort. Participants from a minimum of 11 institutions will learn about sustainable
capture based farming practices for Siganids and a more select group will learn about hatchery
rearing methods for this same group of fishes. Follow up monitoring and training will take place
at all three sites for two years following the initial trainings. The project has significant
implications for sustainable aquaculture development, fisheries management, coral reef
conservation and rural agriculture/aquaculture livelihoods and nutrition.
Specific objectives are: 1. 4-day training for aquaculture professionals and producers at MERIP
in Pohnpei. Participants will travel from Kosrae and Majuro to Pohnpei where they will learn
about sustainable cage culture of Siganids.
2. Study tour for 3 personnel to Hawaii to train in marine fish hatchery techniques at the Pacific
Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center at the University of Hawaii (UHH-PACRC) in Hilo,
3. Produce a simple, easy to ready pictorial manual on sustainable capture based aquaculture of
The project meets Western SARE goals in three specific ways as follows:
1. Promote good stewardship of the nation’s natural resources by providing site-specific, regional
and profitable sustainable aquaculture methods that satisfy human food and fiber needs and
conserve natural resources and fish and wildlife habitat.
2. Enhance the quality of life of aquaculture farmers by increasing income and employment,
especially profitable self-employment in agricultural and rural communities.
3. Promote crop, livestock and enterprise diversification.
The overall goal of this project is to transfer technology for sustainable, capture-based
aquaculture and hatchery rearing methods of Siganids to agriculture/aquaculture
professionals, extension agents, private sector aquaculture entrepreneurs and sustainable
Specific objectives are as follows:
1. 4-day training for aquaculture professionals and producers at MERIP in Pohnpei.
Participants will travel from Kosrae and Majuro to Pohnpei where they will learn about
sustainable cage culture of Siganids.
2. Study tour for 3 personnel to Hawaii to train in marine fish hatchery techniques at the
Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center at the University of Hawaii (UHHPACRC)
in Hilo, Hawaii.
3. Produce a simple, easy to ready pictorial manual on sustainable capture based
aquaculture of Siganids.
The educational approach adopted for this project is primarily experiential learning. A single, 3-day, workshop has been conducted to date which included Powerpoint presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and field visits to farms.
Education & Outreach Initiatives
Transfer sustainable capture-based aquaculture technologies for rabbitfishes to resource personnel and extension officers from Pohnpei and Kosrae, FSM and Majuro, RMI.
The workshop ran over a 3-day period as opposed to the stated 4 days in the plan of work. After an assessment of material to be presented it was decided by the management team that only a 3 day workshop was warranted.
The agenda was as follows and presentations and photographs are attached:
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Day 1. June 26th, 2018
Morning venue – CLTC conference room (next to church on paved road at PATS)
9.00 a.m. Welcome remarks and participant introductions
9.10 a.m. Workshop purpose and introduction presentation
9.20 a.m. Introduction to rabbitfish biology and suitability for aquaculture.
10.00 a.m. The theory behind sustainable capture-based aquaculture of reef fishes.
10.45 a.m. Progress on capture techniques of post-larval rabbitfishes in Pohnpei. Lessons learned.
11.15. Land-based demonstration of nets used and netting techniques.
1.00 p.m. Boats depart from MERIP for field visit to capture site and hands on net deployment training.
4.00 p.m. Boats return to MERIP
Day 2. June 27th, 2018
9.00 a.m. Recap of day 1 and introduction to activities.
9.15 a.m. Site selection for aquaculture of rabbitfishes and types of cages suitable for culture.
9.45 a.m. Feeds and feeding of rabbitfish. Lessons learned and constraints.
10.15 a.m. Water quality parameters affecting stocking densities and growth of rabbitfish.
11.00 a.m. Demonstration of cage construction and materials used
1.00 p.m. Boats depart from MERIP for visit to demonstration rabbitfish cages for hands on feeding demonstration and cage site location.
3.00 p.m. Boats return to MERIP.
Day 3. June 28th, 2018.
9.00 a.m. Introduction to MERIP’s goals and activities.
10.00 a.m. Tour of MERIP land-based facilities.
11.00 a.m. Boats depart for tour of local farms for sponges, giant clams and corals.
12.30 a.m. Field based BBQ and refreshments.
3.30 p.m. Boats return to MERIP.
Extension professionals, researchers, farmers, NGO staff and agency personnel all participated in the workshop and the knowledge and capacity for these individuals to conduct outreach or implement sustainable capture and grow-out of Siganids has been increased. At time of writing this report there has been no specific follow up with participants to determine if anyone is using the information provided. This will occur in 2019.
Educational & Outreach Activities
The project only started in April of 2018 and to date just one outreach activity has been implemented, a 3 day workshop on sustainable Signaid capture and grow-out. In total 34 participants increased their capacity in this topic area. Further follow up will be conducted with participants in the coming year to determine uptake and use of the technologies. In year 2 of the project more farmers will be engaged.
The workshop led to a very positive collaboration with the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Hawaii Sea Grant. Personnel from these agencies attended the workshop in June 2018. As a result, a collaborative extension publication is being produced from this work. The publication is in draft form and will be included in the next report for this grant. A further more detailed publication is also a potential outcome of this collaboration.