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Manus Fisheries Sector gets a Facelift from NFA and OFCF Minimize
Manus people will now start enjoying their fisheries resources as they have just witnessed the launching of their new Post Harvest Facility for local fishermen to sustain their livelihood. The Facility was funded by the Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan in partnership with National Fisheries Authority at a cost of more than K1.2million.  This facility consists of an ice making facility, fish cold storage units, and a generator. The National Fisheries Authority has also funded similar projects under OFCF project funding in other Maritime Provinces in PNG since the signing of the Bilateral Agreement between PNG and the Japanese Government in 2006/2007. 

Mr John Kasu, Deputy Managing Director of National Fisheries Authority, handed over the keys of the facility to the Manus Governor, Honorable Charlie Benjamin during the lunching of the facility on the 5th June 2013. “This occasion today signifies the Government’s commitment through NFA towards rehabilitation and restoration of coastal fisheries facilities, in assisting small fishermen in coastal Maritime Provinces to organize themselves into community-based fishing cooperatives to participate in income earning opportunities, to benefit through harvesting and management of their own coastal fisheries and other marine resources”, Mr Kasu said. He further said that NFA has established similar fisheries project in Madang, East Sepik, New Ireland, East New Britain, and with West Sepik being the next in line to benefit under this similar arrangement.

Honorable Charlie Benjamin, Governor of Manus thanked the National Fisheries Authority for establishing such impact projects in the province and that the people of Manus are thankful for NFA’s continuous support in the development of fisheries in the province. “Manus has abundance of fisheries resources and this project will be of paramount important for the people of Manus; i.e. a facility that can supply ice and procure fish from the fishermen”, he said.  

Mr Katsuji Fukuda, OFCF Residential Representative said, after NFA had signed the bilateral Access Agreement between Japan and PNG Government in 2006/2007, OFCF has rehabilitated four ice making facility and established other fisheries projects in various maritime provinces in PNG. He said that this kind of assistance will enable the two countries to work together as development partners in contributing towards the development of the fisheries sector in Papua New Guinea. He added that since Japan fishes in PNG waters under the bilateral access agreement, it is essential that OFCF needs to support PNG through such project to rehabilitate infrastructure facilities throughout our Maritime Provinces