Commercial catch volumes within the Marshall Islands EEZ are dominated by the purse seine fishery. In 2014, the estimated total catch for all gears combined was 53,683mt highest in last five years, with purse seiners accounting for 81 percent, longliners at 15 percent, and pole-and-line vessels at four percent.
The Coastal Fisheries Division continues its commitment to ensure that communities benefit from Outer Islands Fishing Projects and aquaculture/mariculture projects. MIMRA continues to encourage the development of culture fisheries and aquaculture for their potential to contribute to improving national fisheries production capacity and to stimulate local economies.
Likiep Giant Clam Hatchery
MIMRA operates a giant clam hatchery on Loto, Likiep that provides juvenile clams for restocking reef areas and supplying local farmers for grow-out and for Marshall Islands Mariculture Farm (MIMF).
This project forms part of SPC’s ‘Monitoring the Vulnerability and Adaptation of Coastal Fisheries to Climate Change’ project, funded by AusAID under Australia’s International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ICCAI), which aims to detect possible changes in coastal fisheries connected to climate rather than to other pressures on the resource, such as overfishing and habitat degradation.
The Kwajalein Atoll Fish Market Center (KAFMC) received the F/V Laintok for use in August 2010 after the transfer of two new fish transport vessels, F/V Jebro and F/V Timur, to the new Outer Islands Fish Market Center facility on Majuro. Although KAFMC now has a vessel to use for trips to its fish base partners and projects, due to limited availability and high cost of fuel on Ebeye, trips have been limited and inconsistent. Nonetheless KAFMC continues to supply limited amounts fish to the Ebeye community through direct purchase of fish from Namu, Ailinglaplap, Ailuk, Likiep and Ebeye fishers as well as providing assistance in fuel and ice provisions. For the year 2012, fishers received $35,016.04 for 22,663 lbs. of fish and $3,792.79 for local produce sold to the KAFMC.