Giant clams and sandfish to support present and future lives of Abemama people in the face of climate change.

ABEMAMA, October 31, 2019 – Individual juveniles of 145 giant clams and 78 sandfish deployed in 2 weeks by a team from the Coastal Fisheries Division, , would enhance food security to many islands in the face of climate change, as part of the Food Security project.

Young giant clams and sandfish (sea cucumber family) were carefully deployed for stock recovery and enhancement at potential sites of Kariatebike, Tabontebike, and Reina. “The initiative to deploy such species within the coastal waters of our Island is of great importance to better sustain the lives of our people as a whole”, strongly shared by the Island Council Mayor, Linda Ueanteang during the full council meeting.

The historical trend of giant clams and sandfish has been dramatically going down confirmed by past studies and annual decline of their catch volumes, another crucial concern of many people and the Island Council for years. This has caused the development of important strategies to better manage and conserve these resources. As another effective measure, the dispatch of these species from the Coastal Fisheries Division Hatchery Tarawa is undertaken to rectify the situation .

One of the local participants to the consultation firmly emphasized, “We are very fortunate to be granted such an opportunity for our children’s future, so we have to voluntarily and responsibly support it”.

Among many ways forward, the three consulted communitiesestablished respective responsible committee members, monitoring activities, prospective wardens and penalties purposely to safeguard and support such an initiative.

This deployment activity was supported by LDCF-I (Least Developed Countries Fund) Project, funded by the GEF (Global Environment Facility) through the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and implemented by the Environment and Conservation Division of MELAD.

Kiribati Version

Kabwebwean te Were ao te Kereboki iaon Abemama ibukin boutokan ao karikirakean maiuraoia kain te Aba aio ni kaitarai kanganga ma bibitakin kanoan bong.

Nte bong ae 31 iai bongin te namwakaina ae Okitobwa 2019 ao a tia n mwananga 3 aobitia man te botaki n akawa are tabe ma kaubwain ara marawa mai nanoaa n kabwebwei 145 mwaitin te were ao 78 te kereboki iaon te Abamwakoro ae Abemama.

Marin taari aikai a bon tia n kabwebweaki n kaawan Abemama tabeua ibukin buokan ao kateimatoan rikiraken te tania ni maiu mai taari. Kaawa aikai bon Kariatebike, Tabontebike ao ai Reina. “ karaoan te karikirake aio inanon ara marawa e na bon rang bongana ibukin kateimatoa marin abara ibukin maiuraoia ara botannaomata” e taekinna te mayor mai Abemama ae Nei Linda Ueanteang.

E kakoauaki bwa mwin taian kakamatebwai ake a tia n karaoaki n taai aika a tia n nako ao kuneaki bwa maan aika te were ma te kereboki a bon teimatoa n kerikaki mwaitiia iaon te abamwakoro aio ao te kanganga aei e bon karika te raoraoma irouia kaain te aba aio inanon ririki ma ririki. Ibukin te kanganga ae nooraki aio ao ea tia te botaki aio n karaoi angaa n ibuobuoki ibukin kateimatoan ao tikotikon anakin marin taari aikai.

Temanna mai ibuakoia taan ira te kaongora aio e bon anga ana maroro ni kangai “ Ti rang kukurei ao mani kakatonga ngkai e kona te karikirake ae te Tania ni maiu ke LDCF-I Project aio ni buoka ao man karekea te maiuraoi nakoira ma natira ibukin taai aika ana roko”.

Ibukin anga ma iango n katamaroa tabeua iaon kateimatoan ao tararuan te mwakuri aio ao a tia n rineaki kee n onimakinaki iai 3 taan mwakuri n tararua iaon te karikirake aio. Tabeia nakai ana kabutiraoa te mwakuri aio bwa ena kona n teimatoa tanian maiun Tei Abemama ibukin bibitakin kanoan bong.

E boutokaki te mwananga n retreat aio man te karikirake ae te LDCF-I (Least Developed Countries Fund) rinanon te GEF (Global Environmental Facility) ao te UNDP (United Countries Fund Development Programme) ao n tararuaki iroun Aobitin Enwaeromenta are mena iaan, te Botaki ni mwakuri ibukin Enwaromenta Aaba ao Karikirakean te Ununiki (MELAD).

Ibukin bwanin rongorongona reitaki ma

Mr Teitika Taati

Coastal Fisheries Division, MFRD, 75228095.

Bweneata Kaoti (Ms)

Project Advocacy – PAO; Project Management Unit – PMU

Environment and Conservation Division, MELAD, 75228211,75228000,

bweneatak@environment.gov.ki