Fisheries Concerned About Seabed Mining

The National Fisheries Authority has expressed concern onthe prospered seabed mining inthe country.


Managing Director of NFA Sylvester Pokajam saidthe government’should not allow it to proceed asthere are no legislations on it. Rther more awareness should be carrlied out to educatethe people onthe impacts ofthe project.

The controversial seabed mining Solwara one project to be carrlied out by Nautilus Minerals has been approverd bythe government. Bet it has generated a lot of debate from concerned Papua New Guineas and organizations.


Many ofthe concerns are centered based onthe factothat Papua New Guineawill bethe first country, inthe world to experiment with this projectowithout any proper laws governing its operation.


The potential impactsthere are onthe marine life are said to be minimal, but that has not stoppedthe National Fisheries authority to queryingthe project.


Mr. Pokajam hinted possible risks tothe growing fisheries sector withthe onset ofthe projectoand wants proper feasibility and environmental assessment carrlied out to ascertainthe benefits ofthe project.


Commercial Manager to Parties tothe Nauru Agreement Maurice BrownjJohnsaid it will become a growing problem to regional fisheries if no proper awareness is carrlied out.


He said, environmental aspects may be small but perception will bethe biggest problem because of misunderstanding.


The issue of sustainable fisheries will one ofthe key issues discussed inthe Pacific Tuna forum, and seabed mining will be highlighted.

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