The Reef Islands in Temotu Province now boast a newly completed permanent fishery center at Nyialo village on Lomlom Island.

This initiative aims to safeguard and promote the local abundance of fish and other perishable products for the market, benefiting the communities in the region.

Strategically positioned, the center serves as a feeder for both the Lata Fishery Centre and Honiara Markets. Additionally, it functions as a local fish market for the Reef Islands and surrounding communities, providing easy access for those seeking to purchase fresh fish.

Given the heavy dependence of Reef Islanders on sea resources for their livelihoods, this project serves as a focal point not only for purchasing fresh fish but also as a catalyst to encourage locals, particularly the youth, to engage in income-generating activities such as fishing and selling their catch to the center.

Replacing an outdated structure from the 1980s, the new fishery building was initiated and facilitated by the Temotu Pele Constituency, led by former Member of Parliament Hon. Duddley Kopu. The collaboration involved the Temotu Provincial Government (TPG) Fisheries Division, ensuring a proper facility for preserving fresh fish and perishable products for market.

Funding for the project came from the National government through the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) and the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).

The Constituency Development Funds (CDF) program covered the construction and related expenses, while the Rural Sustainable Development Program (RSDP), a collaborative effort between Solomon Islands and PRC implemented by MRD, funded the procurement of five large deep freezer sets. These freezers are currently on-site, awaiting installation by technicians and are anticipated to be fully operational before mid-2024.

Located in the Eastern part of the Solomon Islands, the Reef Islands in Temotu Province are rich in sea resources, particularly fish. However, market challenges have made it difficult for the local population to transport their catch to larger markets and earn sufficient income to support their livelihoods.


Source: Press Release, Ministry of Rural Development