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Aquaculture was introduced in the 1950s as a means to alleviate high malnutrition levels in inland areas. Despite this ancient introduction, development has so far been stagnant and mostly concentrated at the artisanal and subsistence level. Pond culture of carp, tilapia and rainbow trout has developed significantly in the last few years with over ten thousand farmers throughout inland areas with a combine total production estimated to be valued at K10 million.

At the commercial level, trout, barramundi and pearl culture has been established and recently commenced for prawn. Commercial trout farming began in 1976 and but has under gone turbulent times with feed and lack of fingerling constraints. To date one farm with potential production capacity of 10 tonnes annually is in operation along with several small-scale farms of 5 tonnes average production capacity. Collectively, they have the capacity to produce over 30 tonnes valued at half a million kina.

Bismarck Barramundi Pty Ltd. in Madang pioneered the propagation and farming of barramundi in PNG in 2000. The Company is now producing around 200,000 table size fish annually. Spin off benefits of this achievement has been the involvement of villagers along north coast of Madang through the ‘Family Farm’ concept, where the Company provides fingerlings, feed, technical assistance, etc and buys back the fish for processing and marketing. Bismarck barramundi has also pioneered the propagation of banana prawns in PNG in 2003. The first trial run was completed at the end of 2003 where a tonne of prawns were harvested. This achievement is expected to drive the prawn culture industry in PNG

Coral Sea Mariculture established the first pearl hatchery in PNG on Samarai Island ( Milne Bay ) in 2002 and has so far conducted two spawning of Gold lip and Silver lip pearl oysters. The availability of juvenile pearl oysters is a bonus for potential farmers and the PNG pearl industry.

Currently there is high interest in aquaculture both at the subsistence and commercial level. There is high potential for aquaculture both to complement capture fisheries and increase export earnings.