National Fisheries Authority Reform


By Serah Aupong – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The National Fisheries Authority is on a mission to improve the way it conducts business.

Since the European Commission has issued a warning, in the form of a yellow card to PNG to increase efforts in combating illegal fishing in PNG waters, a number of changes have taken place in the NFA.

At the policy level, the Tuna Management Plan and the Fisheries Management Act have been reviewed and endorsed by parliament while the authority is still working on the Fisheries Regulation.

Within the organisation, surveillance, control and monitoring has been reinforced with 32 additional staff; while the top management has been realigned.

Along with these changes, there is currently a review of the fisheries industry that is being conducted. This will eventually contribute towards PNGs efforts in aligning the industry with the Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries.

This road map was adopted by the Pacific leaders in their recent forum in Port Moresby.

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