11 October 2016
The women of Raviravi Village in Fiji had cause to celebrate last week after their first-ever half-pearl harvest.
The Navatudua Women's Group (pictured) have been trained how to implant, culture and manage oysters to produce half-pearls as part of an international development project "Developing pearl industry-based livelihoods in the Western Pacific".
This tremendous milestone sets the scene for a promising future for the Fijian industry.
Pilot half-pearl farms have been established in three communities and will supply materials for the production of jewellery and professional handicrafts by other local women's groups across the region.
Led by the University of the Sunshine Coast's Tropical Aquaculture Research team in collaboration with the Fijian Ministry of Fisheries, this project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
The story of their success was featured in the Fiji Times.