National Fisheries Authority

NFA refutes claim of safe waters

NFA’s Managing Director (MD), John Kasu, said NFA is aware of the slurry spill and is conducting an independent analysis, of which a report and an ensuing announcement would be forthcoming from the office of the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources or the NFA managing director’s office. Kasu says this will take place once the results of the independent analysis are received.

“Such statements are misleading and undermine the analysis the National Fisheries Authority is currently undertaking,” Kasu stated.

K5m jetty for Buka

The project is an initiative of the National Fisheries Authority.

NFA’s provincial support coordinator, Bolton Towok, gave an overview to Loop PNG during a recent field trip.

“This is the Buka Jetty and shore base facility. It will cater for fishermen to land and market their fish,” Towok explained.

“It will contain a fish market, cold storage facility, processing and office space on the top for the Autonomous Region fisheries.

NFA, ABG to sign deal

This is consistent with the recently concluded Joint Supervisory Body Meeting as per the peace agreement.

A total of K15 million will be handed over to the ABG tomorrow during a very important public ceremony at the Bel Isi Park.

This is also part of the draw down of powers between the National Government and ABG.

This makes fisheries the fourth sector to be drawn down after public service, education and mining.

There are over 20 powers in the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

Sea cucumber management plan under review

This follows issues encountered during this year’s open season. 

Following the uplifting of the moratorium on beche-de-mer by Government, the National Fisheries Authority opened the harvesting season this April.

Coastal provinces grabbed the opportunity and raced out to fish for sea cucumbers, as they generate good money.

However, because of sustainability, NFA as the regulating body put in place Total Allowable Catch or TACs for each province.

According to the NFA managing director, John Kasu, all provinces have already reached their TACs.

​NFA to invest in processing facilities

This is to enable SMEs involved in the fishing industry, to prepare, process and export their products to the market.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Minister for Fisheries, Patrick Basa, when officiating at the Pacific Seafood and Technology Exposition 2017.

He said this will be captured in NFA’s program and budget for the next 3 years, commencing in 2018.

Basa noted the struggle of local seafood companies in developing and bringing products to their markets to meet the demand, or consistency, in their supply.

​Over 50pc of global tuna in Pacific!

After years of participating in international expositions, a more reasonable step has been taken to bring international visitors into the pacific.

This has resulted in the first ever Pacific Seafood and Technology Exposition 2017, currently underway in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The event has brought together local, regional and international companies involved in the fish business.

NFA presents K60m dividend

The National Fisheries Authority is a self-financing government authority that generates its funding through statutory and access fees from the fishing industry and like all other State owned entities, the NFA is required to pay dividend to the government.

Since 2001, the National Fisheries Authority has paid a total of K396.25 million to the national government.

From 2008 to 2011, NFA ceased paying dividends as per the National Government directions for the surplus funds to be invested in impact fisheries project.

Missing PNG Observer confirmed

Loop PNG has confirmed that the NFA received a report last week on the disappearance of, James Junior Numbaru, a ‘Fisheries Observer’ with NFA.

At the time he was aboard the Chinese-flagged purse seiner vessel Feng Xiang No. 818.

According to the Pacific Guardian the vessel was drifting in Nauru waters when Numbaru was reported missing around 2am on Wednesday. The coordinates where the incident occurred: 00°22′S,167°53′E.

Illegal foreign vessels yet to be destroyed

The destruction of the vessels was ordered by the Bomana District Court after the boats were caught fishing illegally off Budibidi Island, Milne Bay Province, on December 22.

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) is in charge of the destruction operation, planned to be carried out by the PNGDF Navy's explosive ordinance and diving team.

It’s been over a week since the initial destruction operation failed to push through due to bad weather.

Locals delay destruction of foreign vessels

The destruction was organised by the National Fisheries Authority and planned to be carried out by the PNGDF Navy's explosive ordinance and diving team.

They were towed out of Fairfax Harbour on Monday by the PNG Defence Force Navy vessel, HMPNGS Buna, to a sinking site outside Port Moresby.

However, due to bad weather, they were left on a reef off the coast of Fisherman Island.

A team consisting of naval personnel, fisheries officers and external clients, Pacific Towing service, was sent out the next day to do a preliminary assessment of the situation.