Least Development Country Funds (LDCF) resources will be used to put in place two near-shore FADs on each island. This, combined with the promotion of traditional canoe building and use (described below), will enable fishing communities to access more resilient, and relatively more abundant near-shore pelagic fisheries resources while reducing the pressure from fishing on reef resources, thereby enhancing their resilience in the face of increasingly intensive climate conditions.
Other indirect benefits through the use of FADs will be to reduce fuel consumption, which is the largest cost item for fishers. Near-shore FADs are widely seen as a way of providing an array of benefits to local fishing communities, with the most important benefits including (i) reduced pressure on reef resources by moving the focus to more resilient pelagic stocks; (ii) increased catches overall; and (iii) less distance to travel to fish making for better safety, better access for canoes and for those that use powered boats, reduced fuel consumption.
The placement of FADs will accompany hands-on training for fishers on FAD fabrication, deploying and maintenance, and setting local by-laws for the use of FADs. This will build directly on the TA assistance on this technology that SPC is currently providing at the national level, and the LDCF resources will be used to bring this climate resilient technology to outer islands. Discussions and workshops will be used to identify the best type of design and management needs. The LCDF project will focus only on near-shore FADs which are those that will be of most benefit to canoe fishers and will deploy at least two on each island and provide at least 2 backups. Benefits derived from the FADs will be monitored as part of the creel survey described below (the basic design of FADs is presented in Annex 11D
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
- Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
- Access to coastal fishing grounds
- Community empowerment for fisheries management