Prosperity and Sustainability in the Indo-Pacific
Pearl industry development in the Western Pacific
Focussing on the strong potential for marine pearl culture industry development across the region
Technical support for pearl culture in Tanzania
Helping Tanzania's coastal communities develop alternative livelihood opportunities
Developing pearl-industry based livelihoods in the Western Pacific
Collaborative research supporting livelihood opportunities in Fiji, Tonga and PNG
Understanding pearl oyster mortality in Fiji
Determining the factors causing condition loss and mortality in black-lip pearl oysters in Fiji
Scaling up community-based sea cucumber culture
Addressing bottlenecks relating to culture and husbandry of sea cucumbers and the development of appropriate governance
Half-pearl industry development in Tonga and Vietnam
Supporting further development of community-based pearl farming in Tonga and investigating the potential for similar industry development in Vietnam
Mariculture development in New Ireland, PNG
The development of a sustainable marine aquaculture sector in PNG, including sea cucumbers, pearl oysters and high-value reef fish species
Finfish mariculture development in Cambodia
Accelerating the development of finfish mariculture in Cambodia through south-south research cooperation with Indonesia
Improving seaweed production and processing opportunities in Indonesia
Supporting Indonesia to maximise economic and nutritional benefits from commercial seaweed production
Diversification of seaweed industries in Pacific island countries
Providing the technological basis for diversification and revitalisation of seaweed industries in Fiji, Kiribati and Samoa.
Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing food-producing sector and the fastest-growing primary industry sector in the Indo-Pacific. It is also recognised as part of the solution to regional food security.
USC’s Tropical Aquaculture research team combines science, economics and social science to develop industries and programs that are profitable, sustainable and culturally appropriate.
A key aspect is institutional capacity building in partner agencies, thus supporting long-term development.
Led by Professor of Tropical Aquaculture, Paul Southgate, our team of internationally recognised experts is currently working on a number of major research projects with over $15 million of external funding.
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Researchers use consumer science for sustainable marine aquarium trade
USC Tropical Aquaculture Researchers (USC TAR) have been delving into consumer science for the marine aquarium trade.
Unravelling mysteries of the teardrop clam
In conjunction with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Fisheries Authority, USC Tropical Aquaculture researchers have investigated the population ecology of the giant clam species, Tridacna noae.
30 November 2016
Pearler of a milestone!
Fiji's cultured pearl industry has reached a significant milestone with a new farm now in business.
14 November 2016
Fijian shellcraft shines in Sydney
Jewellery items exclusively made by 'Marama Shellcraft' as part of the Ba Women's Forum Fiji were recently promoted at Shapiro Gallery in Sydney during the annual Maketi Ples.
11 November 2016
Workshop plants seed for future success
National Fisheries Authority Technical Officers participated in a recent three-day oyster-seeding workshop run by USC Tropical Aquaculture Research staff
7 November 2016
Cultured sea cucumber ranches a PNG first
For the first time in PNG's history, sea ranching trials of cultured sea cucumber have been launched at community fishing villages near Kavieng, New Ireland