Innovative fish and algae aqua-farming
Offering inexpensive fish and livestock feed to island communities
Since 2006, the tropical multi-species aqua-farm has contributed to food security by providing sustainable supplies of organic oysters, milkfish and tilapia. Now they are also cultivating and harvesting micro-algae as livestock feed for the fish. Fish are co-farmed with shellfish and micro-algae in inland ponds, drawing on the tropical climate, natural nutrient cycles and new harvesting technologies. By providing locally-made, algae-based feed, the project is tapping into an under-served market of 8,000 seafood-loving residents and 90,000 visitors in the Cook Islands.
Ecoculture Ltd manages the aquafarm, headed by amarine biologist and businessman, and supported byTGA’s Chairman.
Titikaveka Growers Association (TGA) is an NGO that promotes the combination of biological agriculture and organic aqua-farming as a new basis for sustainable, regional fish and livestock farming.
The Ministry of Agriculture is a strategic partner that informs national policy regarding food security and import substitution.