- Basic legal framework in place regarding aquatic animal health management and aquatic species introductions and translocations.
- High health status (absence of major animal diseases) due to main reasons such us isolation, geographic location, etc.
- Membership with international and regional organizations (e.g. SPC, FAO, OIE, WTO, WHO etc.)
- High biodiversity and presence of certain high value species.
- Pristine environment.
- There are certain strong institutions on capacity building and training on aquaculture and fisheries, such as USP, FNU, etc.
- Strong partnerships with certain donor Agencies, such as GIZ, JICA, Taiwan, etc.
- Most policy makers and governments are strongly committed with the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector.
- Private sector (including association of small-scale farmers) relatively strong and well-organized.
- Research capacity, although limited in certain countries, could be considered as relatively strong in others (French and American territories, Fiji, etc).
- Limited facilities devoted to aquatic biosecurity (e.g., laboratories, quarantine units, research centres).
- Limited technical capacities at all levels (e.g., aquatic animal health management, disease diagnosis, disease prevention/treatment, disease surveillance, risk analysis, border control, quarantine protocols, etc).
- Limited financial resources at national and regional levels; and limited interest by donors on the topic.
- Legal framework on aquatic biosecurity is unclear and not coherent in certain aspects and countries.
- Enforcement of existing legal frameworks is limited.
- Presence of relevant/notifiable aquatic animal diseases in the region, mostly due to unregulated introduction of exotic species.
- Limited coordination between relevant agencies at National and Regional levels.
- Certification processes for aquaculture products are unclear.
- Limited compliance with international standards.
- No contingency/emergency plans in place.
- Strong support from certain intergovernmental organizations (SPC, FAO, etc) and donors.
- Presence of native/local species of high potential for aquaculture development.
- Presence of high-value species (mostly for exports) with a high demand in local and export markets.
- Strong collaboration approaches between neighbouring countries within the region.
- Presence of certain institutions devoted to training, education, research and capacity building on aquaculture and aquatic biosecurity.
- High health status and presence of SPF sources.
- Pristine environment and isolation.
- • Growing local population leading to a strong increase in the local demand for aquaculture products
- Economic instability.
- Pathogens/relevant diseases introduction and spread within the Region.
- Changes in relevant legal frameworks.
- Changes in importing policies and international standards (EU, New Zealand, USA, etc).
- Market access restrictions to Regional products.
- Decrease in donor support.
- Illegal trafficking of aquatic species.
- Problems regarding ballast water control and management.
- Increase in mining/logging industries by foreign companies (mostly in Solomon Islands and PNG).
- Natural Disasters/risks.
- Climate change challenges.