On Friday 18th August, the U.N.D.P./G.E.F. Small Grants Programme in collaboration with Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries held an awareness seminar session led by Aquaculture Advisor for Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Dr Timothy Pickering.
It was an opportunity to have an effective and meaningful dialogue on tilapia farming in Samoa.
This is based on the needs and request from community groups for S.G.P. funding to support tilapia farming.
This initiative coincides with the in country visit by Dr Pickering from S.P.C. during his mission to Samoa through the Fisheries Division.
The Tilapia presentation is made possible by A.C.E.O. of M.A.F. Fisheries Division, Magele Etuati Ropeti who initiated the seminar to better inform the N.S.C. and T.A.G. Samoa members.
The seminar was also an opportunity to invite S.G.P. existing community groups with an interest in or concern about tilapia farming to give them the opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on any queries or concerns regarding tilapia as a fish and a food source.
Tilaspia were first introduced to Samoa in the 1950’s.
Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers and lakes. They are of increasing importance in aquaculture and aquaponics.
Tilapia is the fourth most consumed fish in the United States dating back to 2002. The popularity of tilapia came about due to its low price, easy preparation, and its mild taste.