PACIFIC CAN BENEFIT FROM MARICULTURE AND AQUACULTURE: CHANDRA

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 11, 2000 – Radio Australia)---A University of the South Pacific academic believes mariculture and aquaculture offer rich prospects for Pacific Islanders.

Although earlier attempts at aquaculture development failed in the 1960s, USP's Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Rajesh Chandra said there is new enthusiasm and confidence.

Dr. Chandra was speaking at the opening of the third in-country training program at the university's Marine Studies Centre in Suva, where 10 regional participants are participating in discussions on the sustainable use of coral reef fisheries resources.

He noted that while the existing reefs provide a rich harvest of organisms for both consumption and export, living standards of Pacific Islanders can be improved further through expanded development of reef farming.

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