The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) of Papua New Guinea is a

non-commercial statutory authority established and operating under the Fisheries Management Act 1998 and related regulations.


Effectively Managing our Fisheries and Marine Resources for Sustainable and Equitable Benefits


We seek to honour the following values:

Best practice customer service and client focus
Transparency, integrity and impartiality
Professionalism and excellence in time management and work ethics
Open communication and mutual respect
Knowledge, quality management and continuous learning

The process of transformation from a government to a streamlined statutory authority is being undertaken with the assistance of an institutional strengthening project using loan finance from Asian Development Bank as part of a wider PNG Fisheries Development Project that also provides infrastructure development in New Ireland and Manus.


The major priority of NFA over the last two years has been to change its corporate culture and turn the Authority into an effective regulator and overseer of the development of the Fisheries Sector. Under its plan, NFA has become a smaller, cleverer and more responsive Organisation, more clearly focused on management of PNG Fisheries for maximum sustainable benefit for the people of PNG. The revised organisation structure accommodates sixty (60) positions including support staff.The following compromises some of the major activities and developments in the reform of the Authority.

At the same time, a separate AusAID funded project is strengthening the National Fisheries College, which operates as part of NFA. This project has seen the development and delivery of new courses specifically designed to meet the needs of the fishing industry and coastal communities, and to provide the skills needed for developing PNG's fisheries. NFA began operating as an autonomous statutory authority on 1 January 2001. Although the ADB strengthening program is almost completed, the organisation is still very young and will need to continue evolving to meet the challenges of creating sustainable wealth for the people of PNG from its valuable fisheries resources. This corporate plan sets out how the organisation intends to move forward over the next three years (2002-2004) to meet these challenges.


The purpose of the National Fisheries Authority is to pursue our Vision through the operation of best practice service in order to fulfill our national and global obligations. We pursue this through our Business Groups:

1. Directorate

Providing dynamic and transparent leadership, informed decision making, and international recognition for fishery development and management practices

2. Board

Ensuring Good Governance and giving effect to Government Policies in Fisheries Development and Management


3. Corporate Services

Providing Efficient and Effective Administrative and Organizational Services in:

Human Resources Management

Legal Services

Property Management

Information Technology and Management

Communication and Public Relations

4. Finance and Accounts

Ensuring excellence in accounting and financial practice, investment, risk management, payroll and asset management


5. Fisheries Management

Achieving sustainable fisheries through dynamic, innovative and consultative fishery management practices and aquaculture development


6. Licensing and Data Management

Delivering a customer focused and timely license processing, data collection, entry and utilization


7. Monitoring, Control and Surveillance

Adopting and sustaining best practice systems in pursuit of full compliance with national, regional and international regulations, laws and codes of conduct


8. Provincial Support and Industry Development

Growing vibrant partnerships and well defined working relationships in pursuit of sustainable and equitable community fisheries, and cost effective management; and ensuring maximized investment, social and economic benefits through strategic relationships and alliances in commercial and industrial fisheries


9. Project Management

Establishing and implementing strategic and innovative project initiatives in support of agreed NFA strategies


10.Institute of Sustainable Marine Resources

Undertaking strategic and sustained intervention in support of sectoral skill development and enhancement, and effective policy implementation


Projects We Support