11 Oct 2011

Aquaculture tipped to play vital role in future food security in American Samoa

1:35 pm on 11 October 2011

Marine and aquaculture researchers in American Samoa say aquaponics could play a vital role in the future of food security.

The American Samoa Community College in partnership with the University of Hawai'i will be hosting a workshop next week on building aquaponics capacity.

Aquaponics is a method of producing both fish and plants in a system of recirculating water, with no soil required.

A spokesperson for the University of Hawai'i, Ephraim Temple, says aquaponics is important to American Samoa's resilience against climate change as it can grow food continuously despite changes in weather patterns.

"All island nations deal with food security. We have a limited amount of arable land and depend on shipments on boats and aeroplanes to bring a lot of the food we eat. So this has the potential to raise a lot of food for small families, even when it gets even big families."

Ephraim Temple says aquaponics is also efficient because it requires a small amount of space and water and does not give off any harmful effluent.