by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
While slowly recovering from the devastations from Tropical Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu Fisheries Department has received recovery assistance from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
The construction material given as recovery assistance is worth US$21,000 and is an EU supported initiative.
It will help with construction of 20 near shore Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) to rebuild fisheries and aquaculture in Vanuatu, and bring normality to what was destroyed by the devastating Tropical Cyclone.
In its efforts to assist small-scale fisheries development, the assistance will aide the fisheries sector and help sustain the local rural communities’ livelihoods and sustenance.
As part of the food security measure and recovery program for rural community livelihood, the FAD program will also assist the national government in its effort to promote national food security awareness across Vanuatu.
The purchase of these recovery materials was possible through the Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific Project, an EU funded regional project implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.