The positive impact Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) project is making in coastal Fisheries Management in Vanuatu has attracted Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) TV, the largest and only public broadcasting company in Japan to do a film documentary in July, focusing on Mangaliliu Community on Efate.
The station delivers international services to the world about Japan and Asia through television, radio and internet.
While the Fisheries Officers were busy showcasing fisheries products and activities in Luganville Santo during the National Agriculture Festival, the well-known NHK TV were in Port Vila doing the filming at Mangaliliu village on how JICA project and Japan is improving the lives of a community in Vanuatu.
Mangaliliu on Efate is one of the pilot sites for the project Grace of the Sea Project supported by JICA during Phases I, II and now the third phase on community based coastal resource management since 2006.
Mangaliliu community consisting of a little over 280 people is a known fishing village on east Efate. During an interview with the TV crew, Chief Mormor of Mangaliliu, expressed his gratitude about JICA project which has contributed to the development of his community in the restoration of their marine resources.
“We realised that our green snail, trochus and giant clams were no more to be found in the past 20 years,” he said.
“Today, through the support from this project and the Fisheries Department to restock our reefs with these shells and the effective management control by the community, our resources have recovered substantially.
“We thank the chiefs and the people of Aneityum Island for their support to donate enough green snail and trochus stocks which were introduced to our reef and now re-establish the resources on our reef.
“We also thank the people of the Kingdom of Tonga to supply the rare giant clam species (Tridanca gigas) which was introduced to our reef and now established and has become a tourist visiting site in our area.”
The NHK crew managed to capture ladies at work making shell handicrafts for sale in the community road market and in Vila, fishers catch and the marine resource areas. This is one of the activity introduced by the project as an alternative income generation activity.
“We are able to make use of dead sea shells on our shores which are used to make necklaces and earrings which are sold to Mangaliliu market and in Vila,” said the village women. These ladies are part of the Mangaliliu Village handicraft group that was also established by the project.
The team visited the giant clam garden to video the larger Tridanca gigas shells that were brought in from Tonga and transplanted in 2011, these shells are now nearly a meter long and weigh about 200-300 kilo. The TV crew also visited a new hatchery bring build at Mangaliliu by the project, the hatchery will be used to breed marine species for restocking purposes.
The Grace of the Sea Project sites in Phase three are Tanna, Emae Island and South Santo. Acctivities on Emae Island will include the Shepherds group of islands while Araki, Tangoa, Nakere and Wailapa are the target villages in South Santo and Waisisi village and Aniwa on Tanna.
The phase III of the project aims to strengthen the management capacity of coastal resources for the community people and attend to its sustainability for the future.
VFD and the JICA project team are looking forward to working with the community people in these areas to reach their fisheries goals which are also in the National Sustainable Development Plan.
The publicity from the documentary film will help advance the future course of community based coastal resources management in Vanuatu.