National Fisheries Authority

Fisheries Promoted At Global Expo

NFA's participation in this Global seafood exposition is important for the Papua New Guinea Fisheries Sector to promote and sell the country's seafood products, processing equipment and services to leading buyers from around the world.

This will further promote the government systems and technologies that have been developed and adopted over the years ensuring that PNC seafood and fisheries resource are managed sustainably, and for the economic benefits of the country and international consumers.

Program Improving Livelihoods

EU-STREIT PNG in collaboration with the National Fisheries Authority and provincial divisions of Fisheries & Agriculture provides support to increase fish productivity and profitability, while also contributing to food security and nutrition in the Greater Sepik Region.

Fish is an essential part of the daily diet of riverine and coastal communities in the Greater Sepik Region. It is also a reliable source of regular income for smallholders in the area.

Illegal fishing activities in Gulf confirmed

NFA’s Managing Director, John Kasu responded to questions raised by Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta saying that NFA is currently carrying out investigations in relation to the subject vessels CAPS 1 and CAPS 2, which were referred via the Governor’s complaint.

Both vessels are PNG flagged and each hold a fishing license currently issued by NFA. Both were immediately recalled from operations in the Umuda area in Western Province, and an investigation was initiated immediately to ascertain whether there were breaches of conditions of their respective licenses.

NFA Assist Inland Fish Farmers

The Executive Manager for Aquaculture, Jacob Wani, led the team of officials. The trip was to understand what challenges and needs the farmers face daily to becoming able to farm fish.

NFA Managing Director Noan Pakop was with the team of officials for the visit. He said it was better for the management to be there in person in the rural areas to talk to the small fish farm operators and see whether their policies are making changes in their day-to-day living.

Fisheries Training Commitment

In November 2018, the NFA renewed its support to technical and vocational institutions conducting fisheries courses around the country through the signing of a second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Education Department.

Today marked that occasion once more as NFA extends that support in formalising training courses in fisheries via a third MoU signing.

The signing between the department and NFA will strengthen the pathway to educate young Papua New Guineans, grooming them to be part of the fisheries sector.

Govt urged to refocus on coastal fisheries

The Minister said this during the opening of the Alotau Town Market and Fisheries & Jetty Facility on August 21st 2020.

He said the coastal fisheries sector provides to the daily needs of over 2.5 million people of the coastal and island communities in terms of food, income, and culture and ecological uses.

Minister Tom said historically, the focus of the government has been on commercial fisheries, in particular, tuna.

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.