18 Nov 2005

Chinese delegation to examine fishing plan in Cook Islands

9:35 am on 18 November 2005

A Chinese delegation will visit the Cook Islands next week to discuss a proposed commercial fishing venture on Penrhyn island.

The Cook Islands News reports that a delegation of about 20 people will arrive in Rarotonga on Sunday.

The paper quotes Penrhyn island secretary Mii Mariri as saying he would agree to a foreign fishing venture being set up only if 90 per cent of the island's work force was employed in it.

He says if the Chinese can develop facilities and infrastructure like the airport and wharf and buy fish from local fisherman, then he might support the venture.

The Cook Islands government has already approved a study into the viability of the venture.