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PNG Trade Live Tropical Lobster to Overseas Minimize

National Fisheries Authority (NFA) and National Agriculture Quarantine & Inspection Authority (NAQIA) of PNG have signed Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate for trade of live tropical lobster to overseas markets. This implies that as of today PNG through the National Fisheries Authority will export live lobsters to overseas market.  This agreement was signed on the 22nd May 2012 at NFA office. 

The signing of this MOU is a milestone in itself as it encapsulates six areas the two  agencies will be working together under the auspices of  facilitating export for processed marine products and live   aquatic  animals.These six area are: (i) the National Food Testing Laboratory  (ii) Inspection  and  certification of fish and fishery products for export, (iii) OIE focal point for aquatic animal disease,(iv)  aquatic animal disease surveillance, diagnostic and disease system (v) import and pest risk  analysis  or live fish analysis  aquatic animals and plants  , and their products , (vi) quarantine duties on high    seas aboard foreign vessels.  
 One of the significant achievements of this MOU is captured in area where NAQIA delegates NFA the responsibility for  inspection and sanitary certification of live tropical lobster and this paves the way for the trade of live  lobster from the Torres Strait Protected Zone (TSPZ) in Daru into the Australian market.                                  . 

The revised MOU between the two agencies came as a result of the live tropical rock lobster export from the TSPZ in Daru. Report shows Live lobster trade attracts 60% more in value than the frozen tails components, thus making this market viable.  The live lobster trade at present will focus on the TSPZ in the Western Province only.
In June of 2010, Biosecurity Australia conducted an evaluation of the NFA biosecurity controls to support PNG’s submission seeking Australian market access for live tropical rock lobsters (Panulirus ornatus). The study followed the approval granted by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) to enable importation of live tropical rock lobster into Australia, based on the proposal submitted in 2009. Under this revised MOU, NAQIA has delegated the responsibility for inspection and sanitary certification of the live tropical rock lobster to NFA.