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The Magistrates impressed with NFA Fisheries Management and conservation Systems. The Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) and the catch Documentation Scheme introduced by NFA becomes eye-opener to the magistrates who have attended the Fisheries law Workshop in Madang from 1-4th November 2016. 

“We are very impressed with the systems and management tools developed, fully integrated and adopted by NFA for the conservation and management of fisheries resources, Patanoia Tirese, Principal Magistrate of Kimbe District court said this during the FAO and NFA Conducted Workshop for the judicial staff in PNG in Madang this week.   

 John Kaumi Principal Magistrate of Port Moresby District Court Magisterial Services said that NFA’s VMS management system is critical and this is eye opener for all the colleague magistrates especially at the bench for them to know the technology in collecting evidences, principally to manage the fisheries and marine resources.

 These sentiments were expressed after a comprehensive presentation by Mr David Karis, Vessel Monitoring and Surveillance Manager   of NFA who presented how the vessels are monitored and how effectively fisheries laws are enforced through this system.  Mr Karis said all the fishing activities are fully monitored through VMS systems. 

 A lot of people don’t understand whether not the fishing vessels are monitored, traced, apprehended and convicted. During this presentation the magistrates and other judicial staff are educated and informed of the roles and management measures taken by NFA especially to enforce laws to fight against IUU activities in the PNG waters and EEZ.

 Mr Kaumi when acknowledging NFA especially the VMS systems, the audit and certification systems and procedures, the CDS scheme and the enforcement components of NFA thanked NFA for the informative information. “This is an eye opener for those of us sitting on the bench to know and go with the technology so that we are fully aware of how evidence is collected though the systems those are in place.  This will allow us to position ourselves well in terms of dealing with fisheries matters””, Mr Kaumi said.

Meanwhile Gisa Komangin, Executive Manager for MCS of NFA said that this workshop is very imperative as this will educate law agencies to understand the varies technologies used by NFA to combat IUU and also to manage and conserve our fisheries resources effectively