Vanuatu Fisheries receives timely assistance for cyclone recovery


Underside_FADThe Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has today presented the Vanuatu Fisheries Department with construction materials worth US$21,000 (Vatu 2.2 million) for fish aggregating devices (FADs) to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of devastating tropical cyclone Pam.

The FADs are anchored buoy systems that are placed in the ocean that attract fish, making it easier for coastal small-scale fishers to catch fish, to support community livelihoods and food security.

The purchase of the material to construct 20 near-shore FADs was made possible through the Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific Project (DevFish), a European Union-funded regional project which is implemented by SPC.

The EU supported initiative focuses on assisting small-scale fisheries development in recognition of the significant role of the fisheries sector for local rural community livelihood and sustenance.

“These Fish Aggregating Devices are the result of ongoing collaboration between SPC and the Vanuatu Fisheries Department to help rebuild fisheries and aquaculture, and bring back to normalcy what was destroyed by Cyclone Pam,” the Director of SPC’s Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystem Division, Moses Amos, said. Read more