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NFA Provides Fisheries Skills to Inmates at Kerevat Minimize

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) through its Kavieng-based training institution, the National Fisheries College (NFC) recently provided Small Fishing Operation (SFO) training to the prisoners and the Correctional Officers at the Kerevat Correctional Institute Services (CIS) facility in Kokopo.

This training consisted of teaching participants practical applications and use of various fishing gears to catch fish, detailing safety measures in operating small vessels, and finally how to manage and market income generated from fishing activities.  Mrs. Garat told prisoners, “This is a very vital course for all of you especially when you get out of the jail; these skills will be very significant”.  All practical sessions were conducted at sea.

This is not the first time for NFA through the NFC to provide this kind of training at CIS institutions, with the NFC having provided SFO training for the Kavieng CIS in 2006 and 2007, and the NFC intends to conduct similar training in other maritime Provinces such as Madang, Lae, Wewak and Alotau.

Mrs. Garap thanked the NFA and the NFC for delivering the SFO training at Kerevat CIS, particularly given the time and costs involved, noting that NFA’s support was for a worthy cause in the process of skills learning and rehabilitation processes for prisoners.  “The CIS staff and the inmates at Kerevat are so privileged as this is a special training that will enhance the livelihood of many people once they move out of Kerevat”, Mrs. Garap commented.

Mrs. Garap also made a special mention of NFA’s technical assistance and funding of aquaculture projects involving CIS institutions through the ‘Fish For Prisoner’s Program’.  She also appealed to other government departments to cooperate with the CIS through partnership arrangements so prisoners could become proactive members of society, earning honest incomes. 

Speaking on behalf of NFA, Mr. Martia Rikis, the Deputy Principle of the NFC said that the aims of this training was to train several CIS officers to become Certificated Trainers so they could deliver this training to other CIS institutions in the country; to train prisoners to acquire new life skills and knowledge, and to increase and/or supplement the food supply in the various CIS institution.  Mr. Rikis said this would contribute to the National Government’s development goals, particularly in relation to alleviating poverty, through the delivery of practical and useful training.

The NFC is NFA’s leading training institution providing programmes in Commercial Fishing Operations, Post Harvest Operations, Fisheries Business, and Women in Fisheries; as well as being the main centre for the Pacific Islands Regional Observer Program.  The NFA has also invested heavily in the Nago Island Marine Research Station which is administered by the NFC, and will become a world class aquaculture, and marine research facility.  The University of Natural Resources and Environment also runs a collaborative Diploma and Degree Program in Fisheries and Marine Resources with 2nd and 3rd Year Students are taught at the NFC. 

As witnessed by the recent SFO training at Kerevat CIS, the aim of NFA is to provide training and educational opportunities and skills in fisheries to has many people of PNG as possible, catering needs from prisoner, village fisher, to the more formal requirements of the Fishing Industry and associated processors.

  
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