Taiwan Provides Aquaculture Assistance to Kiribati25 July 2013
TAIWAN and KIRIBATI - A technical mission from Taiwan has been helping Kiribati farmers develop techniques for farming milkfish.
Kiribati is now the fourth South Pacific nation to raise the species, following Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia, reports FocusTaiwan.
The mission has so far helped to achieve the natural spawning of milkfish and and has now made a major breakthrough in milkfish fry cultivation.
Chang Jen-mou, a member of the mission and a chief executive of the Kiribati aquaculture project, said that although milkfish spawned last year, the quality of the naturally spawned eggs was not good enough, with some dying several days after hatching.
However, after a year of effort and various trials, better techniques were developed. At least 100,000 milkfish fry per year are expected to be raised, to be supplied to Kiribati's outlying islands for restoration of marine resources, Mr Chang told the newspaper.
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