JICA Chief Rep Visits NFA

Papua New Guinea through the NFA and the Government of Japan through JICA and OFCF have established a strong fisheries diplomacy since 2006 after the resigning of the Fishing Access Agreements between NFA and the Japanese Far Seas Purse Seiners Association (Kaimaki).

Felix Neli “A Fisheries Struggle”

In a brief history, the interest to create Holona Fishing Cooperative’s was one that started years ago with the building of a bush material house in Pak, however, over time the house began to rot and (it) fell.

We got into the fishing operation and sold our fish at the Manus fish market but unfortunately, the fish market here is not always consistent. The problem with our Fish market is one day it is open then another time its closed for almost 3 months’ so this poses as a difficult turn of events for those of us trying to get somewhere in the fisheries business.

NFA Signs MOU with Korea for Fisheries Ports Development

The MOU provides a framework for NFA and Korea FIPA to collaborate in fisheries infrastructure development to support the fishing industry in PNG.

The signing occasion was witnessed by Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to PN, His Excellency Kym-gu Kang.

On Friday March 6th, National Fisheries Authority Managing Director, John Kasu, signed the MOU in the presence of Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to PNG, His Excellency Kym-gu Kang.

Resource law amendments expected this year

Prime Minister, James Marape, says resource laws will be amended over the next two years to build a solid foundation for the economy.

Prime Minister Marape said some of the policy fundamentals will be put in place, and legislative amendments and laws passed over the next two years before the 2022 National Elections.

Marape said amendments to resource laws will be brought before Parliament.

Current reviews include the Oil & Gast Act and the Mining Act.

New Govt eyes fisheries sector

Caretaker Fisheries Minister Solan Mirisim said the sector has the potential to enhance national economic growth and deliver prosperity to the wider community.

“Fisheries sector has enormous potential for growth that remains untapped and must be harnessed, especially in the area of downstream processing,” he stated.

“We cannot rely only on revenue from access fees paid annually to fish in our waters but we must fully implement measures that will increase processing in our six factories onshore.

New fisheries system to be in place

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced, this new system rewards those companies who support development and employment in the national fisheries sector.

Effective January 1, the Government will end the discounts to fishing fees, which has grown to more than excess of US$100 million (K330 million) each year.

Based on current levels of processing, under the new rebate system it is anticipated that US$70 million (K235 million) in revenue will be generated in the tuna sector in 2018.

Pacific’s missed opportunity at Oceans Conference

Instead, the final Call to Action adopted by leaders the first UN Oceans conference in June ‘continues to perpetuate the myth that we are weak and small and need to be treated differently’.
Dr Aqorau, who is a former CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), said Pacific and other Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) need to change this mindset because the current myth of smallness and we need special help is ‘undermining’ the value of their natural capital.

Solomon Islands fish exporters to benefit from new project

The project, which runs from June 2017 to May 2020, is being led by the FAO, with a total budget of US$508,336.

The FAO is also providing in-kind support to the project alongside the government and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA), backed by Australia and New Zealand.

Support will help the National Public Health Laboratory to achieve ISO 17025 certification, which is required for fish exports to access the EU market.

PNG, Vietnam to fight illegal fishing

Mao Zeming said the agreement between the two countries strengthens ongoing efforts in the region to combat illegal and unregulated fishing.

He added that the NFA would continue its collaborative efforts with Police, PNG Defence Force and Customs to prevent illegal fishing in the waters of PNG.

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vu Van Tam, was in Port Moresby last week to hold talks with National Fisheries Authority and other government officials.

Zeming calls for action to protect pacific high seas

High Seas are pockets or corridors outside of the exclusive economic zones of countries in the region, which are targeted for tuna by fishing boats from Asia and the US who consider fishing in the zones two expensive.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) based in Federated State of Micronesia is the body responsible for the management and conservation of tuna in the 17 Forum Fisheries Agency member countries.