6 – 7 July 2010
WorldFish Center, Nusa Tupe & Gizo Airport
Onma Lodge, Kolombangara
The April 2007 earthquake and tsunami wrecked havoc to the lives of many in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Foreign aid and rebuilding was slow and difficult, but the people of the Western Province persevered and rebuilt their lives from scratch. We visited a facility called the WorldFish Center (formerly known as ICLARM) interestingly located on an airport island called Nusa Tupe found 15 minutes boat ride from Gizo town. WorldFish Center conducts marine livelihood workshops and training to aquaculture farmers found throughout the Western Province. For the past three years, WorldFish in collaboration with WWF Solomon Islands and NZAid have given training to communities in and around Gizo to culture giant clams and coral fragments. These training and support has created rural livelihood projects in the form of culturing sustainable marine ornamentals for the aquarium trade.