19 Sep 2013

Report details importance of aquaculture to central Pacific

1:15 pm on 19 September 2013

Officials meeting in Vanuatu have been told increases in aquaculture investment and the creation of marine protected areas could help Pacific countries in the Coral Triangle adapt to climate change.

This is the conclusion of a new report from the Asian Development Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

The report was launched at a workshop assessing development strategies in response to climate change.

The ADB's Marilou Drilon says aquaculture and marine protected areas can be important parts of adaptation strategies.

The report found growth of domestic fish production is likely to be slow in the period up to 2050 due to climate change and other constraints.

It also says many of the Pacific coral triangle countries could become net importers of fish and that per capita consumption of domestically produced fish could decline unless there are significant adaptation measures.