Fish­eries

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The wa­ters around PNG con­tain an enor­mous ar­ray of fish species. More than 10,000 fish species have so far been iden­ti­fied, but com­mer­cially, the most im­por­tant is the mi­gra­tory tuna.

About 14% of the world’s tuna is caught in PNG’s 2.4 square kilo­me­tre Ex­clu­sive Eco­nomic Zone. The fish­ing in­dus­try has grown from a de­pen­dency on ac­cess fees in the early 1980s to a more di­ver­si­fied sec­tor, with sig­nif­i­cant down­stream pro­cess­ing to­day.

Sylvester Poka­jam, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of PNG’s Na­tional Fish­eries Au­thor­ity, says there will be six pro­cess­ing plants within the next few years, po­ten­tially em­ploy­ing 50,000 work­ers.

In 2013, the Thai­land fish­ing com­pany, Thai Union, opened the re­gion’s big­gest fish pro­cess­ing cen­tre, Ma­jes­tic Seafoods in Lae.

Mean­while, R D Tuna’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Pete Celso says his com­pany ex­pects to dou­ble pro­duc­tion when it opens a sec­ond can­nery in Madang in early 2014.

Small-scale coastal com­mer­cial fish­ing fo­cuses on prawns, cray­fish, bar­ra­mundi, bêche-de-mer, trochus shells, pearl shell and green snail.

Credit: PNGTPA/David Han­nan

Lob­ster tails ready for ex­port

Credit: R D Tuna Can­ners

Credit: International Food Cor­po­ra­tion

Credit: Man­u­fac­tur­ers Coun­cil of PNG

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