Aquaculture in the Marshall Islands

Aquaculture in the Marshall Islands is governed by the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority.[1] A hatchery for giant clams has been established by the national government in Likiep Atoll, and at least one other clam farm is in operation in Mili Atoll.[2] At the CSD-16 Partnerships Fair in 2008, Erik Hagberg suggested that Holothuroidea cultivation is a viable option for developing aquaculture in the country.[3]


  1. ^ Ben Ponia (July–September 2002). "Aquaculture Activities in Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau" (PDF). SPC Fisheries Newsletter (102).
  2. ^ "Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile: Marshall Islands". Food and Agriculture Organization. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  3. ^ Salazar, Yolanda; Hjort, Antonia (May 13, 2008), Partnerships WIRE (PDF), United Nations Headquarters, New York City, archived from the original (PDF) on August 28, 2008

Aquaculture (less commonly spelled aquiculture), also known as aquafarming, is the farming of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic plants, algae, and other organisms. Aquaculture involves cultivating freshwater and saltwater populations under controlled conditions, and can be contrasted with commercial fishing, which is the harvesting of wild fish. Mariculture refers to aquaculture practiced in marine environments and in underwater habitats.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), aquaculture "is understood to mean the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants. Farming implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated." The reported output from global aquaculture operations in 2014 supplied over one half of the fish and shellfish that is directly consumed by humans; however, there are issues about the reliability of the reported figures. Further, in current aquaculture practice, products from several pounds of wild fish are used to produce one pound of a piscivorous fish like salmon.Particular kinds of aquaculture include fish farming, shrimp farming, oyster farming, mariculture, algaculture (such as seaweed farming), and the cultivation of ornamental fish. Particular methods include aquaponics and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, both of which integrate fish farming and aquatic plant farming.

Aquaculture in Oceania
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