Joint Venture Expands Seafood Export

This strategic alliance unlocks direct access to lucrative Chinese markets for New Ireland's abundant marine bounty, including crabs, prawns, and crayfish.

The Joint Venture Agreement, signed amidst the buzz of the Provincial Executive Meeting on Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 in Kavieng, signals a bold move into the fishing industry.

DPM Rosso addresses PNA leaders

This year’s theme is, “Charting the course: Economic Independence through Collaboration in Sustainable Tuna Fisheries” serves as a useful guide for their discussions. 

Deputy Prime Minister John Rosso when addressing the members said the PNA have come a long way - from managing purse seine tuna fishing through capacity control under the 205 vessels limit in 1995.

Also introducing purse seine fishing effort control under the Vessel Day Scheme or VDS since its adoption in 2010, and in expanding the VDS to also cover tuna long line fishing. 

A decade of coastal fisheries development

The community is highly tenet on fishing for livelihood and over the years has ventured into partnership with the National Fisheries Authority (NFA).

This coastal village celebrated the 10th anniversary of its local fisheries business group.

The local fisheries venture called Aimiyarong Business Incorporated is a Coastal Fisheries program that was established with the assistance of the National Fisheries Authority.

Pacific leaders talk tuna

The Managing Director for The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) managing director, Justin Ilakini says these meetings/dialogues have assisted countries in the region to come together and develop common positions and strategies to ensure the sustainable management of tuna in the region.

In hosting the 8th Pacific Tuna Forum (PTF) 2023, NFA has collaborated with INFOFISH, to bring together Pacific Island Leaders, including six fisheries ministers from Niue, Nauru, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Palau, and Kiribati.

8th Tuna Forum Commences

The theme of the forum is, “Strengthening tuna sustainability and industry development in the Blue Pacific Continent through increased innovation, partnership, and participation”.

Present to launch the forum was Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), John Rosso.

Island leaders meet in Kokopo

Host province Governor, Michael Marum and provincial government officials welcomed the first group of leaders and delegates starting on Saturday evening. The rest of the meeting parties arrived Sunday morning in Kokopo.

Two meetings will take place in Kokopo: the Forum Fisheries Committee meeting to discuss the United States Treaty regarding funds distribution and the East New Britain (ENB) Initiative.

Fact-finding mission to ENB

The delegation currently in East New Britain is headed by Henry Baraka - Director PMU, Office of the Deputy Chief Secretary Operations Department of President & Bougainville Executive Council (BEC) and Horta Boskey - Strategic & Liaison Officer to the Chief Secretary, Department of President and BEC.

Signing open doors for Gulf fisheries sector

Gulf Governor, Sir Chris Haiveta, led a delegation from the Gulf Provincial Administration to sign off the MOU with Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources, Jelta Wong, witnessed by NFA Chairman Laurie Williams and Managing Director, Justin Ilakini.

Mr Ilakini said the MOU have proven to be the single most effective mechanism for service delivery in the provinces.

Ilakini explains status of fishing policy

This was highlighted during a MoU signing for a Joint Venture Fishing Company to be established in Madang approximately four years from now.

The MoU signing took place between the state and the RD Corporation in Port Moresby on Friday 14th July, 2023.

With plans currently underway for the establishment of the biggest fishing business that will create employment and ensure fish is process within the country, question is are we ready given the non-existence of the fishing domestication policy.

ENB launches fisheries MSME support

This follows the launching of the ENB Fisheries Micro Small Medium Enterprise support recently at the Provincial Fisheries Station in Rabaul town.

The support comprises of outboard motors, dinghies, deep freezers and eskies worth K250, 000 that will assist the local people in making fishing a viable small business venture.

ENB Provincial Fisheries Coordinator, Dickson Kondaul said this initiative by the provincial fisheries sector will be piloted in the province with counter-funding support from the National Fisheries Authority (NFA).