National Fisheries Authority (NFA)

Alotau Market Completed

The facility falls under the Redevelopment of Town Markets Projects funded by the Governments of PNG and Japan.

Recently a joint team comprising of National Fisheries Authority (NFA), Milne Bay Provincial Management Team, and Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) recently visited Alotau to assess the full construction of the Facility.

The Project began in 2017 with Japan Government allocated K33 Million.

The Japan Government component has been completed while the PNG Government component will continue to next year, and anticipated to be completed in May 2020.

Work underway to make Manus become PNG’s ‘tax haven’

This is as per one of the Prime Minister’s priorities.

Managing Director John Kasu assigned a team, who was on ground recently, to meet with the provincial fisheries authority and the administration to assess how best fisheries can contribute to a major port infrastructure project that is set to take advantage of the Government’s recent announcement for the province to be a tax haven.

Onshore processing improved

Fisheries Minister Patrick Basa said the rise in production has increased employment for locals where the canneries are operating from.

Under the scheme, the NFA makes a rebate to canneries who process more than US$400 per metric ton of fish.

Over the last three months, there has been an increase.

“Increase in production means increase in labour force so it’s good for our citizens, giving opportunities to work,” said Minister Basa.

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, said it was encouraging to see the rise in production in some companies.

​Stop dynamite fishing!

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) is calling on people to practice traditional and safe methods of fishing, rather than resorting to dynamites.

Dynamite fishing is the practice of using explosives to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection.

This practice can be extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys the underlying habitat such as coral reefs that support the fish.

Fisheries officer Mark Bangkoma said this method of fishing is still common in many local areas in the country.

​ Downtown Police gets new vehicle

Managing Director of National Fisheries Authority John Kasau thanked the police force for their ongoing support and partnership with the compliance unit that work alongside NFA.

“NFA would like to extend our appreciation to the police force especially the compliance enforcement unit that we have with Fisheries looking at compliance issues to do with management and development in PNG,” Kasau said.

Kasau requested the officers that with the new vehicle they should be able to use it to patrol the downtown area and also the nearby Motuan villages.

Locals encouraged to commercialise fishing through SMEs

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) believes that fishing is the main means of providing food and income for many coastal communities.

NFA supports SMEs through the Project Development Fund (PDF) program, where fish farmers and artisanal fishermen/women can apply for funds to support their SMEs.

When applying for the PDF, all SME proposals must have been in existence for more than three years and must be 100 percent PNG owned.