2009 SEED winner from the Cook Islands expands to Africa and Asia
The initiative 'Innovative oyster, fish and algae aqua-farming' in the Cook Islands was one of the 2009 SEED Winners. The initiative co-farms fish with shellfish and micro-algae in inland ponds, drawing on the tropical climate, natural nutrient cycles and new harvesting technologies.
The initiative contributes to:
- food security
- expanding the local and regional economy
- income and employment generation
- reduction of pressure on natural fish stocks.
Since they received the SEED Award, the initiative has received approval from the Government of Nigeria to apply their aquaculture with freshwater fish & microalgae in the Niger Delta as a part of the Nigerian Delta Development Corporation-funded project. Recently the initiative also started working on a USAID-funded oyster/fish project for Pakistan.