The Aquaculture Division's key responsibilities are to manage and coordinate Aquaculture activities in Fiji to achieve the effective management and sustainable development of the Aquaculture sector in Fiji. The Section provides advisory services to stakeholders on relevant policies, regulations, and technology to enable sustainable aquaculture development. The section also oversees the operations of all the hatcheries, including monitoring all cultured species production, distribution and marketing. Other roles include farm development activities, monitoring of existing farms, providing training, conducting and coordinating research and disseminating information on aquaculture development. Furthermore, the section works with other line government agencies and private sector on aquaculture issues, to ensure sustainable aquaculture practices and ensure national food security and income generation.
The division is responsible for the administration of the national Freshwater species hatchery in Naduruloulou and satellite hatcheries in Ba, Dreketi and Caboni, and marine species hatchery at Galoa. Our key cultured species are marine shrimp, sandfish, seaweed, freshwater prawns, tilapia, grass carp, ornamental fish. Other species of interest for research and culture include Giant Clams and blacklip pearl oysters.
We have about 500 tilapia and prawn farmers and about 15 shrimp farmers, including the only fully commercial shrimp farmer- the Crab Company of Fiji.
The division administers 3 major projects, namely Freshwater Aquaculture Development, Brackishwater Aquaculture Development and Food Security Program. The main objectives being the provision of an enabling environment for the farmers and key stakeholders to address the following:
- Food Security by ensuring an easy access to fish protein to the rural inland communities
- Improve livelihoods
- Rural development through involvement of women and youth group into aquaculture activities
- Income Generation and employment creation for rural and peri-urban populations
- Import substitution
The division is also actively involved in research activities such as feed trials, tilapia incubation system breeding and tilapia genetic assessment for strain improvement. This in order to improve our hatchery performance and increase outputs to meet rising demand for fish babies. Our conservation focus program is the sandfish breeding program with an aim to stock hatchery produced juveniles in overfished areas in order for stocks to recover and re-populate the reef systems.