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Economics of Giant Clam Production in the South Pacific - Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa

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  • Tacconi, Luca
  • Tisdell, Clem

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The paper considers the economics of giant clam mariculture in the South Pacific, with special attention to Fiji. Approximate economic and biological data are used in order to determine the internal rate of return from a small maricultural activity. Under certain conditions, it is found that clam mariculture could be profitable. Important factors affecting profitability are found to be 1) post-harvest drip loss, 2) seed clam price, 3) output price and 4) mortality rates of clams. It is also stressed that it appears unlikely that villagers will undertake clam farming as a subsistence activity. Villagers' interest lies in finding new commercial activities to supplement subsistence production.

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  • Tacconi, Luca & Tisdell, Clem, 1992. "Economics of Giant Clam Production in the South Pacific - Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206554, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
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    1. Firdausy, Carunia & Tisdell, Clem, 1989. "Seafarming as a Part of Indonesia's Economic Development Strategy - Seaweed and Giant Clam Mariculture as Cases," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206397, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    2. Tisdell, Clem & Tacconi, Luca & Barker, J.R. & Lucas, J.S., 1991. "Economics of Ocean Culture of Giant Clams: Internal Rate of Return Analysis for Tridacna gigas," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206543, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    3. Vuki, Veikila & Tisdell, Clem & Tacconi, Luca, 1991. "Subsistence Economic Activities and Prospects for Clam Farming in Ono-i-Lau, Fiji: Socio-economic Factors," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206545, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    4. Firdausy, Carunia & Tisdell, Clem, 1990. "The Potential Demand for Giant Clams in Indonesia and their Status: A Report on a Survey of Four Coastal Villages in Bali and Java," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206485, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    5. Tisdell, Clem & Lucas, J.S. & Thomas, W.R., 1990. "An Analysis of the Cost of Producing Giant Clam (Tridacna Gigas) Seed in Australia," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206480, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    6. Firdausy, Carunia & Tisdell, Clem, 1990. "Assessing Species for Mariculture in Developing Countries: A Review of Economic Considerations," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206479, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    7. Tacconi, Luca & Tisdell, Clem, 1992. "Domestic Markets and Demand for Giant Clam Meat in the South Pacific Islands - Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206553, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    8. Pollock, Nancy J., 1992. "Giant Clams in Wallis: Prospects for Development," Research Reports and Papers in Economics of Giant Clam Mariculture 206557, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
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