National Fisheries Authority (NFA)

New Jetty Progressing

Dr. Tom was taken on a tour of the new jetty and was impressed with the progress of works. The jetty construction is the first phase at the cost of K5 million and is funded by NFA.

The second phase is the establishment of Onshore Fisheries Facility Development in 2022. The Onshore Fisheries Facility Development would be approximately K3-4 million.

NFA Financial Literacy Training

The training will be conducted by Pacifund Financial Services in Port Moresby, NCD.

NFA Observer Program Manager, Adrian Nanguromo, was pleased with the outcome of the training.

He said, “The onset of COVID-19 has drastically reduced the amount of time our fisheries observers have to spend out at sea and thereby reducing their income.”

These 90 were the first lot from a total of 256 set to attend this training with 106 remaining yet to undergo this important life skills training.

NFA Launches 10-Year Plan

The launch yesterday at APEC Haus in Port Moresby also included the NFA’s new website and rebranding of its staff official wear.

The event took on a beautifully choreographed play out of scenes from the Lakatoi with sailors bringing the Strategic Plan booklet to shore, then placed in the hands of the government officials to present to Prime Minister James Marape.

New classroom for Arifiran

The opening of the classroom signifies the continuous community-based support that the National Fisheries Authority is continuing to provide to communities that are in great need.

Tom said Morobe is embarking on bigger fisheries projects and it will soon become a fisheries hub. The Wagang fisheries wharf that NFA will build will derive huge economic returns for the province and the country as a whole.

Standards for fish, fishery products launched

Under the Fisheries Act 1998, the amended roles and responsibility of the PNG National Fisheries Authority is to manage, control and regulate all PNG’s fisheries resources with the provision of regulating and providing quality and safety standards for the capture, storing, transporting and processing of fish and fishery products for domestic consumption and for export.

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.