9 Dec 2008

PNG's National Fisheries Authority says keeping tuna fishery viable is a must

11:15 am on 9 December 2008

The Managing Director of Papua New Guinea's National Fisheries Authority, Sylvester Pokajam, says the foreign fishing nations that operate in the Pacific must move to reach agreement on measures to keep the tuna fishery viable.

The chairman of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission has already called for outside fishing nations to show a responsible attitude.

Mr Pokajam says after previous failure, agreement must be reached this time around:

"Time and time again we sit at this Commission, time and time again we fail to reach appropriate measures because distant water fishing nations still continue to sway away from these measures we are dying to put in place. Like I said we already have fishing measures in place within our own zones and we are making the issue of Big eye being overfished now is that Distant Water Fishing nations are not cooperating, they are the ones catching we are not catching"

The Managing Director of Papua New Guinea's National Fisheries Authority, Sylvester Pokajam.