Over the past few decades, countries all over the world are affected by global warming. Recent studies in Kayangel State show that over 50% fish caught from wild cannot recover from its original populations through natural reproduction. In order to save marine fish populations, some species have already been banned and there is implementation of “closed seasons” during the certain periods of the year.

In order to focus on the food security and livelihood in Palau, from 2017 to 2018, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is in cooperation with the Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR) and the Taiwan Aquaculture Project (AP).

According to science report, Rabbit fish is an important ecological indicator for the tropical coral reef that stabilizes ecosystem and food chain security.

On August 2, 2018, the Palau National Aquaculture Center of BMR distributed 2000 rabbit fish fries (Kelsebuul) to Kayangel state. By using newly constructed shipping methods such as lowering metabolic rate and stress of animal during shipment, Taiwan (R.O.C) Aquaculture expert Mr. Jack Lin, Aquaculture project assistants Mr. Carlus Chiu and Mr. Harvey Huang and the BMR/PMDC technical team made the journey to Kayangel to release the fries in the state’s first fish cage that will be owned by Mr. Billy Graham Kemesong of the Northern Reef Fisheries Cooperative.

Following distributions of rabbit fish to farmers involving BMR Aquaculture project, BMR and TNC will focus on establishing scientific database for optimum rabbit fish farming conditions such as feeding rate, feed improvement and water parameters to lower the management cost to farmers. Farming Operation Manual will also be followed up to help in managing difficulties of rabbit fish farming. (PR)