FAD launches in Malaita to support incomes during COVID-19 restrictions

by Ronald Toito'ona | 25 June 2020 | News

Solomon Islanders of Uhu in West Are'are, Malaita Province, prepare to put a FAD to sea. It is to help maintain livelihoods during COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Mathew Isihanua.

This group of Malaita residents is preparing to release a fish-aggregating device (FAD) at Uhu in the West Are’are area of Solomon Islands’ Malaita Province. Another has just been launched at Small Malaita.

The FAD releases are part of a $100,000 provincial government project to support livelihoods during COVID-19 restrictions. Work continues in the small island communities despite the current state of public emergency that is operating in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara. 

For years, the Malaita Provincial Fishery Office in Auki has supported coastal communities with the deployment of FADs. In May, the fisheries officers put FADs to sea near Kwai and Ngongosila Islands in East Malaita, and Musukwi in North Malaita. It plans to extend the use of FADs to the Malaita Outer Islands soon. 

Photo: Mathew Isihanua.