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Aquaculture Project (Kiribati).

Region: Asia-Pacific

Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1

Implementation End Date: 2016/12/31

Approval Amount: USD1,433,122

Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Description:

More than 40 years ago, the government of Kiribati constructed an 80 hectare fish farm near to Bonriki International Airport for the purposes of rearing baitfish for longline tuna fishing operations and for providing food security. However, a number of factors thwarted the success of the project in its early stages, including a lack of fish feed and unstable supplies of fry.

Since 2004, the project has been revived following a new Technical Cooperation Agreement signed between Taiwan and Kiribati, and will see the Taiwan Technical Mission develop Ambo Aquaculture Center as a breeding center for milkfish fry.

Appraisal found that the development of milkfish aquaculture in Kiribati had stalled for a number of reasons: (1) unstable supplies of fry; (2) the failure to establish artificial breeding and feed production locally; and (3) a lack of facilities adequate to support artificial breeding.

In assisting Kiribati to develop milkfish aquaculture, the main components of this project will include: (1) the promotion of milkfish production for extension, tuna fishing and the repopulation of natural stocks; (2) aquaculture training; (3) capacity building for I-Kiribati technical personnel in aquaculture-related skills.

Specific project work components will include: (1) production of 30 million fertilized milkfish roe; (2) production of 3.4 million larvae; (3) production of 200,000 milkfish for use as tuna baitfish and 320,000 milkfish for the repopulation of natural stocks in waters around outer islands; (4) the organization of 18 aquaculture workshops for 600 participants; and (5) species-specific feed management, live feed culture operations and the transfer of fry-raising techniques to local technicians.

Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:

Breed a stock of milkfish, enable natural spawning of milkfish stock to an annual output of 10 million fertilized eggs and an annual output of two million milkfish fry.

Hold 18 aquaculture training workshop at Ambo Aquaculture Center for the benefit of 600 participants.

Complete filling and compaction work with 4,000 m3 of sand and gravel; construct a new seawater supply system and complete the construction of concrete ponds as well.

Mass produce food organisms and rotifer for the consumption of two million milkfish fry.

Improve the quality of fish feed and produce 10 tons annually, transferring associated know-how on to local stakeholders.

Conduct trial breeding of 100,000 baitfish.

Other Executing Agency: Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development (Republic of Kiribati)

Project completion date : 2016-12-31 12:00:00


Address : Taiwan

Country :Taiwan, Province of China

Financier : International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF),


Technical Cooperation

12-15F, No. 9, Lane 62,

Tien Mou West Rd.,

Taipei 11157,


02-28732323 ext.217

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Date:Dec 8, 2015
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