The Future of the Pacific (Archived Article)
Five highly efficient aquaculture projects are availalbe to compliment the environmental grace and beauty of the Pacific Islands, and bring an essential new industry into being.
No Longer In The "Too Hard Basket".
Until recently the Pacific Region had a reputation amongst financiers and developers as one that belonged in the "too hard" basket. Distance, corruption, a scarcity of resources and the seemingly lack of interest or ability of the local communities to prosper, resulted in world trade turning it's back on the region for some 50 years.
Fortunately, due to the support of several futuristic leaders, perceptions are now changing and the lucrative opportunities of this region are being identified. Those with the same vision as Splash Aquaculture are set to reap the rewards of assisting this re-developing country.
A Country Reborn.
Social democratic reforms, education and a major push by the US Government to support and rehabilitate the Marshall Islands has resulted in the emergence of a region that is ready to welcome and support investment.
Backed by a new surge of local enthusiasm and international support, the Marshallese people and global supporters are taking a leadership stand on sustainable eco-system inhabitation, practices and production.
A Unique Opportunity
Few locations in the world lend themselves as ideally to sustainable aquaculture as do the Marshall Islands, the home to hundreds of deep blue pacific islands, each with large and pristine lagoons ideal to house environmental and sustainable aquaculture.
The Political Agenda
The Republic of the Marshall Islands are a protectorate of the United States and their laws are modeled on the US system, providing a favorable business climate for business operators wishing to establish in the Islands.
The RMI National Government is totally supportive of these projects and has offered a number of concessions including a five year tax holiday.
Products and Farming Methods
The intentions of the Aquaculture facilities will be to farm Yellowfin Tuna, Reef Fish and Aquarium Species.
The core activities of projects is the development of a yellowfin tuna seacage operations or floating reef fish breeding hatcheries. Species have been chosen that are indigenous to the area.
The juvenile yellowfin tuna are captured by purse seine vessel, transferred to sea cages which are then towed back to the lagoon farm. The fish are fattened using imported or locally caught baitfish over a period of four to six months. The fish are harvested and either, immediately frozen to -60oc and shipped to destination, or chilled and flown to Japan, Taiwan or China.
Reef fish brood stock are captured and then juveniles are bred to be grown out over nine months and shipped to a holding station in Guam where they are flown live into Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Reef fish farming is a relatively new industry with a number of species (e.g. Coral Trout and Barramundi Cod) being successfully bred and grown in Australia and Indonesia.
Wastewater is filtered and passed through tanks containing molluscs, sea cucumbers, sea weeds and corals to reduce the nutrient load before it is released back to the ocean.
The fish will be fed on a diet based on locally caught baitfish or imported pellets.
Leased Land and Water Licences
Sites incorporate 25+25 lease for land licences to adjoining lagoons for sea cages and floating infrastructure. These areas are the natural habitat of yellowfin tuna and reef fish and are ideal for production using environmentally compatible practices. Sites are positioned well away from human habitation.
As projects are designed to benefit the local community, the larger portion of all job opportunities will be made available to them. On-site training will be a key focus taking advantage of local Employment Incentives and Traineeship Funding. About 15% expatriate staff will be required in the initial stages with the aim of reducing this percentage to several percent by year ten, at which time we would expect that locally trained staff will be taking on the responsibility of many of the management roles.
Staff have the opportunity to own shares and share in the profits of the operation, to reward them for their efforts and to encourage them to remain as long term employees.
Every effort has been taken to reduce and manage risk including the siting of the proposed projects. Destructive typhoons or cyclones rarely affect the Pacific region within 10 degrees of the equator.
Two local high value fish species with different establishment requirements have been selected in order to have diversity of production and markets, reducing risk and providing a variety of employment opportunities for local people.
Business systems technology will allow integration between sites and daily monitoring of all sections of the business. The systems are designed to comply with ISO9001 Quality Assurance, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety and Food Hygiene codes.
Thank you for your interest in Splash Aquaculture Pty Ltd.