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36. Novaczek I (2003) Seaweed: A promising option for women’s small business development in the Pacific region. SPC Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin #13, December 2003, pp. 17–18. N’Yeurt ADR (1996) A preliminary floristic survey of the benthic marine algae of Rotuma Island. Aust. Syst. Bot. 9: 361–490. Pickering TD (2003) Seaweed. In: Profiles of high interest aquaculture commodities for Pacific Islands countries. SPC Aquaculture Technical Papers/Secretariat for the Pacific Community, 59–61.

Annual seaweed production under this new initiative rose to 419 t by 2000, but levels have not reached the projections forecast by Ask et al. (2003c) and production is now declining. , 2003). Seaweed production in the region has been both greatest and most consistent in Kiribati (Why, 1987; Uan, 1990; South, 1993; JICA, 1996). Commercial Kappaphycus cultivation commenced in the mid 1980’s initially in the Gilbert Group, and later returned to the Line and Phoenix Groups where the early trials had taken place (JICA, 1996).

From these calculations one can conclude that the highest yields were obtained in 40 L tanks, while the lowest yields occurred in 24,000 L ponds with 600 L tanks in the mid range of [11] 238 Table 1. 39 Figure 5. Average seasonal biomass yield (g FW m−2 day−1 ) in four Porphyra species cultivated from 22 November 2002 to 13 May 2003 (170 d) in outdoor tanks and ponds of different volumes. Yields were calculated from the mean daily fresh weight increases in Figures 2–4 for the entire growth season.

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