15 Jun 2009

Tuna Commission chief welcomes Marshall plant start up

7:40 pm on 15 June 2009

The Tuna Commission is commending investors in the Marshall Islands tuna processing plant for starting up production, despite tough times.

Pan Pacific Foods tuna processing plant in Majuro has finally begun operating after lengthy delays over equipment and supply issues.

Andrew Wright, the director of the Ponphei based Central and Western Pacific Fisheries Commission says not all countries have an environment where they can encourage investment.

But he says the Marshalls still has to overcome the lack of a fresh water supply for the plant and it will face other challenges.

"It's going to require a lot of financial and technical support I'd say in the medium term. Its well located. Good harbour for vessels and there are other developments going on .which should be complementary to the loining plant that's starting production there now."

Andrew Wright says its a positive development to have island states become more pro-active and want onshore processing done..