The $112 million dollars Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme is a five year program funded by the European Union and implemented by the University of the South Pacific.

USP, through the PEUMP Programme, focuses on building the capacity of Pacific islanders through education, training, research and development in fisheries and marine resources management.

Fifteen ocean artisans, seafood entrepreneurs, seaweed, and aquaculture farmers have become the first graduates of a two weeks training program targeted at helping people establish and operate a small seafood business.

They graduated at the USP TAFE Campus in Walu Bay today with a
micro-qualification in Establishing and Operating a Small Seafood
Business through the USP Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership
Project.

There are 10 graduates from Fiji and one from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Micronesia, and two from Kiribati.

The Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme is designed to address some of the most serious challenges faced by Pacific Island nations.

The European Union for the Pacific, has assured that the Union is committed to funding such programs to sustain local livelihoods after the impact of COVID 19.

USP Vice Chancellor Pal Ahluwalia says there is a need to promote greater recognition of gender issues to ensure inclusiveness and positive changes for Pacific island people.

The program will be soon re-advertised in the last quarter of the year, due to its high demand.

The program teaches Pacific islanders, sustainable methods of aquaculture and how to become successful business people.

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