Clam Hatcheries Revived

Marine ornamentals — primarily aquarium fish, but also including coral and giant clams — were exported by three companies in the Marshall islands to Asia, Europe and the United States.

The Flame Angel continues to be the highest-demand fish in the aquarium trade, accounting for 62 percent of the ornamental fish exported in the FY2017 period. For the first time, the amount of aquarium fish exported topped the 100,000 mark.

The Outer Islands Fish Market Center (OIFMC) in Majuro made over 40 trips to outer islands to purchase fish from outer island fishers, about the same number as in 2016.
Trips to outer islands from the Kwajalein Atoll Fish Market Center (KAFMC) were limited, but the KAFMC was able to purchase fish from several outer islands and engaged with Kwajalein fishers to purchase their catches.

Through extensive maintenance work, in cooperation with the Japan Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation (OFCF), the Coastal Division was able to return the Arno and Likiep giant clam hatcheries to operation.

In addition, the maintenance program worked to keep the small fleet of vessels operational to facilitate fish-purchasing trips to outer islands. In addition, ongoing maintenance continued to keep various outer island fish bases functioning, including ice-making capacity.