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The Institute of Sustainable Marine Resources is to be established as a new Division of the Authority in 2008. The Institute encompasses the National Fisheries College and its associated training courses and programmes and the management of the Nago Island Research Facility. The Institute will continue to provide core training in fisheries and seafood and, in addition, will expand training activities to include aquaculture and community fisheries. NFA has established the Institute as a means to better resource NFA policy implementation in relation to human resource and capacity building in fisheries and marine resource management and development. 

Although part of NFA, the Institute will operate semiautonomously because of its location in Kavieng and in reflection of the specialized nature of its operations.  

Core Functions

  • Provision of effective and well organized training and education programmes in support of human
  • resource skill and capacity development for the effective sustainable management and development of Papua New Guinea fisheries and marine resources
  • Efficient development and management of resources, facilities and equipment and provision
  • of administrative and organizational services in support of program and activity development
  • and delivery
  • Give effect to NFA policy implementation through strategic project and activity implementation,
  • income generation and strong stakeholder relationships  

Priority Objectives

o          To establish the ISMR as the primary national provider of technical and applied training in fisheries, post harvest, culture, marine resource management and sustainable development and ensure effective organizational and fiscal management

  • To offer a range of cost effective, well received and accredited courses and programmes which are reflective of the training and development needs of the fisheries and marine resources sector, professionally delivered by highly motivated staff and fully utilise and maintain ISMR and NFA assets and resources
  • To ensure interactive working relationships with all stakeholders and establish Provincial level networks for offsite course and programme delivery and give effect and strategic implementation support to NFA policies in fisheries management and development  

Priority Actions

  • Formalize ISMR organizational structure and arrangements and establish financial and administrative procedures in accordance with existing NFA protocols
  • Plan and implement full staff recruitment
  • Develop and implement strategies to inform stakeholders and promote ISMR functions and Services
  • Liaise with Fisheries Management Group and other stakeholders in a coordinated approach to the construction and operational development of the Nago Island Research Facility and the development of the tourism partnership
  • Establish systems and procedures for the cost effective management, maintenance and operation of NFA assets and resources in New Ireland
  • Develop and implement strategies to attract donor projects, co-funding, partnerships, cost
  • recovery and income generation in support of ISMR operations and activities
  • Prepare an annual plan for the delivery of existing ISMR courses and undertake to ensure course
  • and programme delivery according to the agreed schedule with target annual short course  enrolments of 500 students
  • Ensure course participant evaluations are completed for all courses and that evaluation information and feedback is available for effective programme review
  • Effectively develop and manage the Kavieng based delivery of the Diploma/Degree in Marine and Fisheries Resource Management
  • Ensure compliance with academic course and programme quality control and moderation procedures
  • Maintain a commitment to the professional development and employment satisfaction of all staff  in order to promote a positive and dynamic learning environment
  • Sustain a capacity to respond to stakeholder demand for the development and delivery of new courses and programmes
  • Promote course cost recovery mechanisms in programme delivery and ISMR operations
  • Maintain systems for best practice organizational management with open communication and dynamic leadership
  • Ensure open and direct communication with stakeholders in relation to course and programme delivery and management, and strive to earn and retain the respect of key partners  
  • Give priority to the early development of a new purse seine crew training course to train crews for employment on Chinese and Taiwanese purse seine vessels
  • Develop and widely distribute dynamic ISMR promotional pamphlets and information publications
  • Prepare media bulletins documenting the functions and roles of ISMR
  • Plan a strategy for Directorate visits to key Provinces to engage stakeholders and seek out partners for Provincial level programme delivery of selected courses
  • Further develop Train the Trainer modules so as to develop a national network of qualified and confident trainers in small fishing operations, basic post harvest, small business management and community based fisheries and marine resource management
  • Liaise with Fisheries Management Group to develop and establish training programmes and activities to utilize the facilities and resources of the Nago Island Research Facility (NIRF)
  • Undertake a proactive role in facilitating marine resource management and development information and education resources preparation and distribution
  • Provide facilitation to community based fisheries management processes and strategies for alternative income generation for coastal communities  


Key Performance Indicators

  • To establish the ISMR as the primary national provider of technical and applied training in fisheries, post harvest, culture, marine resource management and sustainable development and ensure effective organizational and fiscal management
  • NFA Board approves organizational structure and National Training Council (NTC) and  Fisheries Technical Advisory Committee (FTAC) endorse ISMR quality assurance and operational policies and procedures and commend these to the NFA Board which in turn acknowledges the positive performance of the ISMR in relation to its establishment goals
  • ISMR annual course programmes are delivered as scheduled with at least 500 short course enrolments and 90% student and client satisfaction.
  • Staff professional development plans are achieved and ISMR annual maintenance plans are prepared and 100% implemented
  • ISMR annual reports are well received and positively endorsed by the NFA Board, particularly in relation to progress with priority action implementation
  • At least three partnerships are in place for Provincial level program delivery and TOT programmes are established for small business, small fishing operations, basic post harvest and community based fisheries and marine resource management
  • CFMDP marine resource management comics, posters and information are annually reprinted and distributed and there is a positive increase in the number of CBM plans in place for area fisheries management