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  Fisheries Management  


The Fisheries Management Group is primarily concerned with ensuring that fisheries of national or community significance are managed to obtain maximum benefit on a sustainable basis. This must take into account balanced views of fisheries science, environmental impact, social factors and economic development.

Core Functions

  • Developing new and reviewing existing fisheries management plans

  • Arranging the design, collection, processing, reporting and publishing of relevant information on marine resources and fisheries

  • Liaising with national and international agencies and organizations to access research and development expertise and information

  • Working closely with Provincial and Industry Liaison to ensure resource owners, developers and provincial governments understand the requirements of relevant fisheries management plans

  • Approving, arranging or facilitating research required for the effective development and management of marine resources and fisheries

  • Facilitate environmentally sustainable aquaculture for both commercial and subsistence purposes


Priority Objectives

  • To Develop new fisheries management plans and regularly review existing plans to provide clear and enforceable management guidelines

  • To develop national sustainable aquaculture and inland fisheries for both subsistence and commercial purposes

  • To contribute to the sustainable management of highly migratory fisheries resources in the Western Central Pacific region


Priority Actions

  • Establishing representative management advisory committees for designated fisheries and actively consulting with these and other industry groups to consider their interest when developing or reviewing fisheries management plans;

  • Actively consulting with provinces and communities to consider their interests when developing and reviewing fisheries management plans;

  • Developing regional policies and management measures through the Coral Triangle Group to ensure sustainability of coral environments and fishery resources within the region;

  • Ongoing consultation with stakeholders to promote sustainable fisheries and identify opportunities for potential new fishery and aquaculture development;

  • Undertake a consultative review of the NFA aquaculture policy so as to better reflect domestic and global trends in aquaculture.

  • Facilitate and undertake research and projects in collaboration with international and national stakeholders to overcome challenges in aquaculture development.

  • Work with stakeholders to develop and facilitate training and skill development opportunities to increase human resource capacity in relation to aquaculture development demands

  • Implement WCPFC conservation and management measures

  • Undertake collaborative projects and research with national and international stakeholders to address regional management requirements.

  • Actively participate in relevant national, regional and international meetings and forums,

  • Establish internship positions within the organisational structure so as to provide opportunities for graduate development and improved succession planning


Key Performance Indicators


  • Annual targets for Management Plan reviews and new plan establishment are met and stakeholder satisfaction with Management Plan consultation and implementation is reported to the NFA Board and positively endorsed

  • Successful implementation of strategic aquaculture research activities and enhancement projects is documented and reported to the NFA Board with positive endorsement

  • The NFA leadership role in key regional consultations and meetings is documented and reported to the NFA Board with positive endorsement

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