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Meeting the Pacific's Demands for Fish
Fisherman in the Pacific islands
Joshua Cinner/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/Marine Photobank
For people of Pacific island countries and territories, such as Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia, fish is a crucial resource, particularly in terms of food security. In a recent study, researchers used data on fish consumption and population trends to forecast what would be the fish requirements for the region in the year 2030. The results showed that even if coastal fisheries in these areas are well managed, demand for fish in the majority of the countries and territories will not be met. The researchers concluded that to provide food security, Pacific island governments must help augment the fish supply by providing technical support—such as improved fishing gear—to enhance tuna fishing and by aiding the development of small-pond aquaculture.

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