New Dialysis Machine for Buka

This was announced by the Managing director of the National Fisheries Authority, John Kasu during a recent trip to the referral hospital.

He said NFA will facilitate for the equipment to be brought to the hospital during the course of the year.

A Dialysis machine is a machine used to filter a patient's blood to remove excess water and waste products when the kidneys are damaged, dysfunctional, or missing. The dialysis machine itself can be thought of as an artificial kidney.

ABG and NFA signs MoU

This is part of the drawing down of powers and functions by the National Government to the ABG in preparation for referendum 2019.

A Memorandum of Understanding to effect the drawing down of powers was also signed. The event took place at the Bel Isi Park, Buka in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Fisheries Minister, Patrick Basa, was on hand to officially hand over the amount.

Zeming urges coastal community to guard against illegal fishing

“The new management plan has a hierarchal structure that entails authorities at communities, local level government, and provincial level working together to protect this fishery and its ecosystem and ensure its long term survival.

“I call on Ben Micah and Gordon Wesley, my colleagues who have been outspoken on this fishery lately, to help implement this new management plan in their provinces so their people truly get the benefit they deserve.”

Zeming clarifies ban on beche-de-mer

Zeming said he was satisfied the six year moratorium on the harvest of bech-de-mer has produced the result the Government and National Fisheries Authority wanted.

“There has been some suggestions from sections of our community that the ban has forced coastal villagers to illegally fish for sea cucumber just to survive.

“Certain individuals have even gone to the media to justify, to defend illegal fishing in their waters, as if the moratorium was intended to put them out of business, or make people suffer.

NFA to conduct awareness on beche-de-mer fishery

Minister for Fisheries Mao Zeming said trials would be conducted in Milne Bay province next month (December).

“The NFA will try out the opening of the fishery under the new management plan utilizing Milne Bay province as a test case. This is basically to try out processes and systems under the new plan. We want to ensure strict monitoring and effective data systems are implemented well,” he said.

UNDP and NFA to embark on fisheries program

The project is expected to help recover and sustain fisheries, restore degraded habitats for sustainable provision of ecosystem services, reduce land-based and marine sources of pollution, protect key marine species and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

PNG foots half cost of Tuna Forum

The  biennial forum will be staged from 22-25 September in Nadi and PNG National Fisheries Authority (NFA) will meet half the bill of the hosting cost with the host nation.

“The contribution (from PNG) has reached over a million kina and it’s what NFA has budgeted for,” said John Kasu, NFA managing director.

He was speaking at a reception organised by the NFA last Friday to give an update on the progress to the media and also acknowledge individual business houses and statutory organizations who had financially  supported the forum.