By: L.N. Reklai

July 6, 2017 (Koror, Palau)  Men and women from Palau learned skills and techniques of canning their catch and produce, creating an alternative means of earning livelihood.

A five day workshop sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, Parties to Nauru Agreement, MNRET and Palau National Marine Sanctuary, brought over an expert to teach locals an alternative way to earn new income by canning their catch or produce for sale.

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Equipment and supplies for doing a small or home size cannery were brought over as part of the training to allow the trainees the hands on experience of canning their own products.  It included a canning steamer pot, cans, equipment that seal the cans or bottles properly. Participants were taught during the five day training how to do this at home.

The products the participants were able to can during this week-long workshop include different kinds of local fish, clams, and even taro and bananas.

Workshop participants include members of Northern Reef Cooperative, Peleliu Cooperative, Angaur Cooperative, individual fishermen and Ngatpang Fish Farm as well as the staff of Marine Resources. [/restrict]