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Core Functions

  • Manage a best practice PNG fisheries observer program to  increase the capacity for observer coverage, collect relevant data and monitor compliance with license conditions for fishing vessels operating in PNG waters
  • Facilitate observer placement in the national, sub-regional and international observer programs as arranged through  FFA
  • Ensure effective observer debriefing and observer data management in support of the wider operational needs of the MCS NFA
  • Maintain an active observer training program so as to build observer capacity in ensuring effective reporting and production of quality and reliable observer data   

Priority Objectives  

  • To ensure a best practice and proactive enforcement capacity that will prevent, deter and combat IUU activities through effective surveillance, enforcement and prosecution practices, development and implementation of relevant enabling policies and cooperation and strategic alliance with national and regional agencies.
  • To effectively operate a compatible and secure Vessel Monitoring System that is capable of monitoring and providing intelligence on vessel movement and activity for surveillance and enforcement purposes, and is responsive to regional and sub-regional requirements.
  • To effectively operate an internationally recognized and approved regulatory food safety management system that conveys and implements required standards and facilitates regulatory compliance so as to ensure the success of PNG seafood products in national and international markets
  • To develop and maintain a highly competent and recognized national observer program that demonstrates high performance in collecting quality resource data and monitoring compliance with fishery license conditions and is responsive to regional and sub-regional requirements.
  • Increase the number of available observers through a committed training program and the early adoption of the proposed regional standard Pacific Island Qualified Fisheries Observer training and certification program.
  • Manage a best practice PNG fisheries observer program to  increase the capacity for observer coverage, collect relevant data and monitor compliance with license conditions for vessels operating in PNG waters
  • Facilitate observer placement in national, sub-regional and regional observer programs
  • Ensure effective observer debriefing and observer data management in support of the wider operational needs of the NFA
  • Maintain an active observer training program so as to build the numbers of trained observers and ensure the quality and reliability of observer data and reporting 
  • Recruitment of five or more observer port coordinators 

Key Performance Indicators 

  • At least ten successful coordinated inter-agency patrols are conducted and reported annually to the NFA Board with positive endorsement and 80% of cases progressed to court or Summary Administrative Panel (SAP) are effectively prosecuted
  • NFA VMS information is successfully integrated into the MCS function and effectively utilized with positive activity reporting submitted to NFA and other relevant agencies
  • PNG achieves and sustains national and internationally recognized  food safety certification standards and PNG producers of fish and fishery products are internationally recognized for high quality products
  • PNG is able to improve levels of observer coverage in key target fisheries and the quality of observer data is validated through feedback from data users
  • ACU becomes a separate Business Group
  
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