The fisheries of our Pacific Island neighbours face numerous threats, mostly from climate change and inappropriate development. As populations and markets expand, so does overfishing.
Why should we be concerned? Because people in the South West Pacific are over-exploiting treasured marine resources and creating food security and poverty issues. Fishing is a primary source of income, and the majority of people in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea rely on fish as their primary source of protein. It has been estimated that the demand for fish in Solomon Islands will outstrip supply by 2030.
WWF is guiding fishing communities in Madang Province, PNG, and the central Western Province, Solomon Islands, on how they can manage their fisheries more sustainably. We're helping fishers to monitor their fish stocks, and introducing Inshore Fish Aggregating Devices (iFADs) to reduce fishing pressures on heavily exploited reef and lagoon systems. It's giving new meaning to the term resourcefulness.
WWF-Australia is very pleased to be working with the Australian Government and John West to support this project.