Project Details

Economic Feasibility of Aquaculture in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

July 1, 1988

LocationFundingInstitutionPrincipal Investigator(s)
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands $30,500 Guam Department of Commerce, University of Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife W. Fitzgerald, S.G. Nelson, and A. Palacios
  1. Identify species appropriate for aquaculture in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
  2. Determine the development and operational costs of the four most likely aquaculture candidates.
  3. Determine development and operational costs and revenues for a small-scale giant clam hatchery facility at Twekesbury Park (Rota) utilizing the adjacent lagoon for grow-out.
  4. Identify suitable sites for aquaculture on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
  5. Determine opportunities and constraints for aquaculture development on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.
  6. Identify local and export market opportunities for the above named species.
  7. Assess local interest in development of aquaculture as a means of economic sustainment.