Kwajalein Atoll Fish Market Center

KAFMC

Fuel costs hurt Kwajalein

Trips to purchase fish from outer islands have remained limited for the Kwajalein Atoll Fish Market Center (KAFMC). Although the KAFMC has a vessel to use for trips to its fish base partners in the outer islands, due to limited availability and high cost of fuel on Ebeye, visits have been inconsistent. Another constraint faced by KAFMC is that maintenance on its vessel must be performed in Majuro, which increases time out of service.

Nonetheless KAFMC continues to supply limited amounts of fish to the Ebeye community through direct purchase of fish and local produce from Namu, Ailinglaplap, Ailuk, Likiep and Ebeye fishers as well as providing assistance in fuel and ice provisions.

During FY2017, KAFMC picked up fish and local produce from Namu (2 trips) and from Likiep and Ailinglaplap (one trip each). It also made 12 trips to purchase fish from Kwajalein fishers. Fishers on Namu received $3,304 for 3529 pounds of fish and $1,251 for local produce; fishers on Likiep received $1,259 for 1,347 pounds of fish and $183 for local produce; and fishers on Ailinglaplap received $390 for local produce.
In addition, Kwajalein fishers received $13,107 for 9,264 pounds of fish and $1,902 for local produce. The financial benefit to these communities from KAFMC totaled $17,670for 14,140 pounds of fish and $3,727 for local produce. KAFMC continued operations in a limited capacity in 2017 by selling fish and local produce purchased from various outer islands, as well as ice and other commodities.
It continues to look for avenues to secure fuel purchases to allow for regular trips to the outer islands to purchase fish and local produce from the fish base communities of Likiep, Ailinglaplap, Namu and Ailuk.