The National Fisheries College (NFC), under the aegis of the National Fisheries Authority, is PNG’s leading fisheries and marine resources training and education institution providing technical and applied training in capture fisheries, post-harvest, cultured, marine resource management and sustainable development

The National Fisheries College is the only Division of the National Fisheries Authority based outside of Port Moresby. We are located in Kavieng, New Ireland Province. The College provides a diverse range of training services to a wide variety of clients across branches of Government, Pacific Islands’ fisheries administrations, regional and international organisations, the general public and the private sector

All training is competency-based for all Programs. The NFC has some of the best training facilities in the country including the state-of-the art Nago Island Mariculture Research Facility. In addition the NFC campus boasts of properly maintained halls of residence, and catering services for residential Trainees

Our existence is defined by our purpose, which is undertaking strategic and sustained interventions in support of sectoral skills development and enhancement, and effective policy implementation

Our strategic objective is to ensure the provision of high-quality and appropriate technical and practical training opportunities to the fisheries sector to enhance production, processing and general capacity for the sector, thus contributing effectively to the national economy of Papua New Guinea.

The main programs found at the NFC are :

  • Commercial Fishing Operation Program –Providing training for Commercial Fishing Vessels and Artisanal Fishery in the fishing communities

  • Post-Harvest Operations Program - Providing training for Fish Processing Facilities and Artisanal Fishery in the fishing communities in PNG

  • Aquaculture Program - Providing training for Commercial Aquaculture Farms and Community fish farming

  • Governance and Compliance Program - Providing training for Governance and compliance in the fisheries sector

  • Fisheries Business Program- Providing training for Fisheries communities and other in the Industry


Matia Rikis

Acting Principal NFC





Catherine Natsek

Program Leader: Post-Harvest Operations

Richard Ganbui

Student and Services Manager

Matia Rikis

Deputy Principal

Philomena Sinkau

Program Leader: Aquaculture

Bernard Bua

Program Leader: Commercial Fishing Operations

Maria Huaniangre

Program Leader: Fisheries Business





Our main campus is situated in Kavieng, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea.

Here in Kavieng we also have a Waterfront satellite campus with professional fishing and safety training facilites, as well as our Nago Island Marine Research Institution a small boat ride away





Training conducted under this program target the Capture and Fisheries Fields and associated Seamanship Training required for the Commercial Industry and the Artisanal Fishing Communities.


Formal Qualifications: 

FC1G17 - Certificate 1 in Commercial Fishing Operations 

FC1P17 - Certificate 1 in CFO (Purse Seine)

FC2SC17 - Certificate 2 in Commercial Fishing Operations (Coastal Skipper)

FC2AE17 - Certificate 2 in Commercial Fishing Operations (Assistant Engine Driver)

FC3M17 - Certificate 3 in Commercial Fishing Operations (Offshore <24 meters)

FC3ED17 - Certificate 3 in Commercial Fishing Operations (Engine Driver - Grade 2)

FC0BST19 - Certificate in Basic Safety Training

Artisanal / Community Fisheries Courses:

FC0SFO17 - Certificate in Small Fishing Operations

FC0CFFAD17 - Certificate in Constructing and Deploying a Fish Aggregating Device



Training found under this program are targeted towards Fish Farmers in Aquaculture and Mariculture farms both in Commercial and Local Farms

Formal Qualifications: 

FQ117 - Certificate 1 in Aquaculture

FQ217 - Certificate 2 in Aquaculture

FQ317 - Certificate 3 in Aquaculture

FQ417 - Certificate 4 in Aquaculture

Artisanal / Community Fisheries Courses:

FQ0APONICS17 - Certificate in Aquaponics - Concepts of integrated Plant and Fish Farming 




This program targets fish handling and handling and processing for the Commercial Industry. In addition, training is also provided for fish handling techniques required for Artisanal and Community Fishing Procedures. 

Formal Qualifications:

FP117 - Certificate 1 in Post-Harvest Operations

FP217 - Certificate 2 in Post-Harvest Operations

FP317 - Certificate 3 in Post-Harvest Operations

FP417 - Certificate 4 in Post-Harvest Operations

FP0HACCPB17 - Statement of Attainment in HACCP - Basics

FP0HACCPI17 - Statement of Attainment in HACCP - Advanced

FP0RP17 - Statement of Attainment in Understanding a Retort Process

FP0CIFSA17 - Statement of Attainment in Conduct - Internal Food Safety Audit


Artisanal / Community Fisheries Courses:

FP0AMFSR17 - Statement of Attainment in Applying and Monitoring Food Safety Requirements 



Training under this program is targeted towards Governance and Compliance areas of the Fishing Industry.


Formal Qualifications: 

FGC217 - Certificate 2 in Fisheries Officer Operations

FGC317 - Certificate 3 in Fisheries Officer Operations

FGC4EC17 - Certificate 4 in Fisheries Officer Operations (Enforcement & Compliance)

FGC4GF17 -  Certificate 4 in Fisheries Officer Operations (General Fisheries Operations) 



Programs conducted here are designed towards small and medium enterprise organizations or individuals willing to do business in the fisheries sector 


FB0BA17 - Certificate in Business Awareness

FB0BP17 - Certificate in Business Planning

FB0FA17 - Certificate in Financial Analysis 

FB0MFC17 - Certificate in Managing a Fishery Cooperative





(More coming soon)




The Prime Minister Hon James Marape visited Kavieng on the Wednesday, 15th July to officiate at the ground-breaking ceremony for the upgrading of the Kavieng Airport and runway extension. After this ceremony, the Prime Minister Hon James Marape along with other colleagues from National Parliament including the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Hon Lino Tom; Minster for Treasury Hon Ling Stuckey; Minster for Transport and Infrastructure Hon William Samb; Minister for Forestry Hon Solan Misirim; Minister for Civil Aviation Hon Lekwa Guru attended the National Fisheries College. The Member for Samarai-Murua Hon Isi Leonard and the Member for Namatinai Walter Snaubault also attended as well as the New Ireland Provincial Administrator Lamiller Pawut and the New Ireland Provincial Deputy Governor Sammy Missen.


In his welcoming speech to the Prime Minster, the Deputy Principal Matia Rikis stated that it was an honour for the National Fisheries College and the National Fisheries Authority as a whole to receive such a highly distinguished delegation.


After addressing Staff and Students at the National Fisheries College, the Prime Minster Hon James Marape was then briefed on the training programme conducted its future plans and significance for developing the fisheries sector in Papua New Guinea but also other Pacific Island Countries and Territories.


Prime Minister Hon James Marape voiced his support for the National Fisheries College and acknowledged it importance as a specialised skills competency-based training institution. Prime Minister Hon James Marape also noted the importance of the National Fisheries College as an integral part of the Marape-Stevens goal of ‘Taking Back PNG’ by providing training for the fisheries sector, from the community member to the commercial sector.


The National Fisheries College has been providing training to Papua New Guinea’s fisheries sector since 1977 and is a Business Unit of the National Fisheries Authority. The National Fisheries College provides specialised skills competency-based training in Fishing Operations, Post-Harvest Operations, Fisheries Business, Aquaculture, Fisheries Compliance and Management, as well as selected programmes for Fisheries Observers.


L-R: Newman Ewada, (NICTA Examiner) Samol Kanawi (CFO Master Fisherman &Trainer) Captain Ivan Lamboku (NMSA Examiner). Trainees CFO 3 Certificate for Master vessel less the 24 metres , Konnie Kaiwa, Malakai Komai,Tuboda Rince, George Kivia, Smedley Kolonai and Ben Inani.

Jerry Bagat (Course Coordinator CFO Trainer), Bernard Bua (CFO Program Leader)

The Commercial Fishing Operations Program of the National Fisheries College conducted its first CFO Certificate 3 for Master of vessel <24 metre from the 6th September - 6th of December 2019.


The course was successfully completed under the guidance of Program Leader Bernard Bua and Course Coordinator, Trainer Jerry Bagat with assistance from Trainer, Samol Kanawi.

The training duration lasted for 10 weeks culminating in assessments for the CFO 3 Certificate, GMDSS Exams by NICTA and Oral Exams by the NMSA Examiner.

In his address, the NFC Acting Principal Matia Rikis commended the CFO Team for this major achievement, especially since the course was introduced into the CFO program in 2002 but was never conducted until this year.

This eventuated due to capacity building provided to the Trainers, resource and infrastructure installed and constant encouragement from the NFC Administration. The address by the Acting Principal also noted that all 7 trainees that sat for the NMSA exams all passed and are now certified Master 5 level holders. This in itself is validation for the Certificate 3 course and shows that the National Fisheries College is providing excellence in Training for the Fishing Industry and especially for the Fishing Vessel Companies.

It was pleasing to note that 2 trainees came from United Seafood Industry which has several Prawn Trawlers. These two industry practitioners are now able to skipper the company vessels when they venture out to sea during the upcoming Prawn Season.


For more information on the College you may contact the Student and Services Manager on email: rganbui@fisheries.gov.pg