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FAO Assists Community Aquaculture Development in Tonga

Lucy Towers
02 May 2013, at 1:00am

TONGA - Community milkfish farming is to be made more economically viable and environmentally friendly through a project under the FAO Technical Cooperation Programme.

The project will work on Nomuka Island and Tonga’tapu and it has a total budget of $231,000, reports IslandsBusiness.

The project aims to create a sustainable source of food and income for island communities in Tonga and train fishermen in farm and business management.

Under the project, the viability of community-based milkfish farming systems will be demonstrated by establishing and operating two pilot aquaculture systems. This will require the identification of suitable farm sites, environmental impact analysis, construction of the farm ponds, training in farm operations and management, local feed production, post harvest handling of the fish and marketing.