New micro-qualification training empowers small-scale seafood professionals in Kiribati


The seafood industry plays a crucial role in the Kiribati economy, providing sustenance and supporting livelihoods within Kiribati communities.

To bolster the capabilities of individuals within this sector, we are thrilled to announce the completion of Kiribati’s first batch of graduates of the micro qualification training on establishing and operating a small seafood business.

This was made possible through the European Union and the Government of Sweden-funded Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) Programme.

“This program will assist Kiribati nationals already in business to operate successfully and also help potential entrepreneurs planning to establish a new business,” said Tieri Tamoa, Deputy Secretary, Kiribati Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resource Development.

“I am also confident that our new graduates will become professionals, trainers and advocates in sustainable seafood businesses, further sharing this knowledge with communities.”

The micro-qualification targets small-scale seafood businesses, entrepreneurs, market vendors, fishers and seafood sellers.

“As the seafood industry continues to evolve, it’s essential that professionals within the field have access to relevant and practical training,” said USP PEUMP’s course developer and trainer, Shirleen Bala.
“Our Micro-Qualification in Establishing and Operating a Small Seafood Business is tailored to meet these needs, equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to thrive in this dynamic sector.”

The holder of this qualification will gain knowledge and skills on the fundamentals of establishing and operating a small business, marketing for small businesses, developing customer-driven marketing strategies, basic bookkeeping, and writing a business plan.

This training may be followed by other upskilling programs such as seafood safety and quality, value chain analysis, upscaling community-based management, financial literacy and leadership training.

USP is one of four key implementing partners of the PEUMP Programme, a EUR 45 million program which promotes sustainable management and sound ocean governance for food security and economic growth while addressing climate change resilience and conservation of marine biodiversity.

It follows a comprehensive approach, integrating issues related to ocean fisheries, coastal fisheries, community development, marine conservation and capacity building under one single regional action. The PEUMP programme is housed within the Institute of Marine Resources within the School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS).

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