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Papua New Guinea has an extensive and valuable fisheries sector ranging from inland river fisheries, aquaculture, coastal beche-de-mer and reef fisheries to the prawn trawl and large-scale deepwater tuna fisheries. The range of participants covers artisanal community to medium sized domestic prawn and tuna longline operators to large international purse seine fleets in the deepwater tuna fishery. see more

The PNG fisheries zone of 2.4 million square kilometres is the largest in the South Pacific. The fisheries zone includes an extended reef system, numerous islands and an extensive coastline. These create huge opportunity but also present an enormous challenge for monitoring and control.

The total market value of PNG catch is estimated at K350 to K400 million on average although information on the true value of artisanal fisheries is difficult to obtain and cyclical factors and commodity price movements, especially tuna, cause huge value swings from year to year. It is believed that there is significant potential to increase the economic value and returns to PNG of these fisheries through better management and development programs.

Export earnings are important, but the importance of fisheries to the local markets and subsistence economy is also of major importance to the PNG people and economy. Reliable data on these markets is not available.

Access fees from deepwater fishing nations currently form the bulk of the revenues received and managed by National Fisheries Authority. Other sources include licence fees from other operators, assistance from donors and penalties arising from prosecutions under the Fisheries Management Act.