19 Sep 2019

Rapid return to secure food sources post-disaster touted

From , 5:03 am on 19 September 2019

An expert in Pacific fisheries, food security and climate change is touting a proactive way for countries like Vanuatu to rapidly restore their ability to feed themselves after disaster strikes.

Conservation International's senior director of Pacific Tuna Fisheries, Johann Bell, says when Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu in 2015 it took 18 months to restore significant fishing because its coastal Fish Aggregating Devices or FADs were destroyed.

Dr Bell's idea aims to restore these large scale tuna lures in a near immediate way.

The adjunct professor at the University of Wollongong says Vanuatu doesn't have the same wealth of coral reefs as many Pacific nations so is dependent on migratory fish species which need to be aggregated.

Dr Bell explained to Dominic Godfrey how the concept would work and why the Australian and New Zealand militaries could be the answer for implementation.

Debris from FADs found on Cooks' Suwarrow Atoll

Debris from FADs found on Cooks' Suwarrow Atoll Photo: supplied