Kosrae Aquaculture Center Establishes Market In Russia

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

FSM Information Services Palikir, Pohnpei, Federated States Of Micronesia February 24, 2014

After years of operating as a private business, the National Aquaculture Center or NAC in Kosrae has now reached a new market: Moscow, Russia.

On Feb. 14, 2014, Martin Selch, the manager of NAC confirmed that cultured giant clams (Tridacna maxima) had been delivered to Russian capital by United Airlines via Honolulu to Los Angeles then Zurich in Switzerland.

It was anticipated that the shipment would reach Moscow on Feb. 17 after 50 hours of travel.

Selch said the transportation constraints have partly been addressed by the Kosrae state government, the FSM national government and United Airlines.

He believes that there will be more orders because Kosrae is one of the few places with the most diversified ornamental fish species in the world.

The NAC, he added, now has the technical expertise and know-how to meet the challenge of shipping live animals that will arrive in high quality in any place in the world.

Despite the transportation issue, the NAC has been very successful in exporting on a consistent basis to the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

The exports to major markets have contributed a lot in promoting and marketing not just ornamental fish from Kosrae but in exposing and making the FSM known to the rest of the world, Selch said.

Department of Resources and Development Secretary Marion Henry commended Selch and his staff for their persistent effort, while Sen. Peter Christian said "through these exports," Selch has become one of the "ambassadors" of the FSM.

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