Seaweed Farming Project
Enhance and expand the seaweed farming sector to increase the livelihoods of coastal communities where seaweed production is sustainable.
Increased livelihood and income opportunities for remote rural fishing/farming communities within the Solomon Islands.
MSSIF Support towards MFMR
See also the Aquaculture Section page
Most of the funding for the sea weed project comes from MSSIF Programme. MSSIF support in terms of financial and Technical support. Financial support is mainly to purchase sea weed materials for sea weed famers and also contract a Technical advisor to help and support the farmers and MFMR Aquaculture staff.
This overview of the projects activities from 1st November 2014 to 30th April 2015 and the progress of the seaweed development project funded by New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP) managed by MSSIF through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR). Funds provided enabled the mobilisation of MFMR fisheries officers and the MSSIF seaweed consultant to assist seaweed farmers within the nation by providing technical advice, training, and supply of seaweed culture materials.
Solomon Islands due to the driving interventions of this project in conjunction with the MFMR continues to be the largest seaweed producing nation in the Pacific. Production has increased from2014 and is expected to continually increase as new farming sites and farms are developed and seaweed is harvested.
From November 2014 to March 2015, 533 tons of dried seaweed has been exported with an estimated export income of SBD1,788,725 (NZ$301,555). The Wagina farms have an average monthly production of dried seaweed in excess of 80 tons and have dominated the production figures.
The project has two key strategies; (i) the expansion of existing seaweed farming areas and (ii) the development of new farming areas within the nation. Key activities delivered by the project include extensive hands on training courses and advice, site assessments, development and supply of culture material to provide a mechanism to decrease start-up cost for farmers whilst increasing income opportunities.