8 Jan 2009

Hopes review of FMA in PNG will give provinces more power to enhance fish resources

12:26 pm on 8 January 2009

In Papua New Guinea, it's hoped that a proposed review of the Fisheries Management Act or FMA 1998 would give provinces more power to enable them to further boost revenue from fish resources.

Currently provinces do not have such powers to effectively enhance the potential of their fisheries resources by carrying out more commercial projects and broaden their revenue base.

Fisheries management is a national function under the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources which restricts the role of provincial fisheries agencies.

Central provincial government provincial programme advisor Ravu Iga said a revised bill on the FMA 1998 was submitted last year, and awaiting Government endorsement.

He revealed that the National Fisheries Authority had delegated some functions to provinces and for Central, including monitoring, control and surveillance jobs.