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Mandated Functions Minimize

Under the Fisheries Management Act 1998, the National Fisheries Authority is “responsible for the management and development of the fisheries sector in accordance with the provisions of this Act under the overall policy direction of the Minister”


“shall perform and exercise its functions and powers on behalf of Papua New Guinea”.

The functions of the National Fisheries Authority are defined in the Act as follows

(a) manage the fisheries within the fisheries waters in accordance with this Act and taking into account the international obligations of Papua New Guinea in relation to tuna and other highly migratory fish stocks; and

(b) make recommendations to the Board on the granting of licenses and implement any licensing scheme in accordance with this Act; and
(c) liaise with other agencies and persons, including regional and international organisations and consultants, whether local or foreign, on matters concerning fisheries; and
(d) operate research facilities aimed at the assessment of fish stocks and their commercial potential for marketing; and
(e) subject to the Pure Foods Act, the Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act, the Customs Act, the Customs Tariff Act, and the Exports (Control and Valuation)
Act, control and regulate the storing, processing and export of fish and fish products; and
(f) appraise, develop, implement and manage projects, including trial fishing projects; and
(g) prepare and implement appropriate public investment programmes; and
(h) collect data relevant to aquatic resources; and
(i) act on behalf of the government in relation to any domestic or international agreement relating to fishing or related activities or other related matters to which the independent State of Papua New Guinea is or may become a party; and
(j) make recommendations on policy regarding fishing and related activities; and
(k) establish any procedures necessary for the implementation of this Act, including tender procedures; and
(l) implement any monitoring, control, and surveillance scheme, including cooperation, agreements with other States or relevant international, regional or sub-regional organisations in accordance with this Act.

Government Ownership

Creating a Strong National Industry

Management Organisation Structure