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Value adding and supply chain development for fisheries and aquaculture products in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga: seagrapes post-harvest and value addition in Fiji: progress report

Lako, Jimaima V. (2012) Value adding and supply chain development for fisheries and aquaculture products in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga: seagrapes post-harvest and value addition in Fiji: progress report. [Professional and Technical Reports]

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    Abstract

    Introduction: In Fiji, edible seaweeds are an important part of the diet of coastal people. Native Fijians have a long tradition of collecting and consuming different species and varieties of seaweeds. However, Caulerpa racemosa or seagrapes is one of the most common species that is regularly harvested for consumption and sale in Fiji (Morris and Bala, 2011; Richards. et al., 1993). Nama is a highly nutritious sea vegetable rich in iodine, vitamin A and carotenoids and is therefore an important part of the diet for coastal people. According to South (1993a), commercialization of edible seaweeds is a relatively recent phenomenon that coincides with the expansion of the cash economy in the Pacific. A major problem with C. racemosa however, is its perishable nature which prevents it from being stored long after harvest. Its utilisation within the Pacific has thus been restricted to domestic trade and consumption (Chamberlain, 1997). The aim of this project is to explore and develop an ideal preservation method for seagrapes that would be acceptable to consumers and make it possible for exporting.

    Item Type: Professional and Technical Reports
    Subjects: S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2013 13:58
    Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 10:53
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/5647
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