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MALU’U FISHERIES PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION

Renovation works on the Malu’u Fisheries Center in North Malaita, Solomon Islands is nearing completion.

This project is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources under the overall government policy to setup a mini scale commercial fisheries project in the Northern Region of Malaita.

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Hao fish farm project endorsed by Tahiti government

The French Polynesian government says the fish farm project of the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods on Hao atoll is a unique opportunity to get engaged in the blue economy.

The vice-president Tearii Alpha has told the assembly that for 40 years there has been talk of developing aquaculture without making much progress.

His endorsement is the first government comment since July when the French President Emmanuel Macron dismissed the Hao project as grotesque and described the investors as dubious.

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Chinese company confident fish farm in Tahiti will go ahead

French Polynesian president Edouard Fritch visits Hao atoll to view progress on the aquaculture project being built by the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods

The Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods is adamant work on its planned fish farm on French Polynesia's Hao atoll will go ahead.

The project to build the South Pacific's largest fish farm has been dogged by repeated delays since its inception seven years ago.

During a visit to French Polynesia in July, President Emmanuel Macron dismissed the project as grotesque and described the investors as dubious.

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MFMR to introduce new Tilapia Species

BY JOHN HOUANIHAU

THE MINISTRY Of Fisheries and Marine Resources will soon introduce a new Tilapia species to local tilapia farmers in the Country.

This was highlighted last week at the heritage park Hotel by the Ministry’s Assistance Secretary Miss Lisa Sugumanu during the second day of the premier’s conference in Honiara.

“So we want to introduce the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) species, why, because it grows faster and we can harvest early that can help farmers to have more and also to help farmers with low cost,” Miss Sugumanu said.

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FISHERIES MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS STRATEGIC STEPS TO MAXIMIZE TUNA BENEFITS

The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Nestor Giro has highlighted a number of strategic approaches his Ministry is taking to ensure the country receives maximum benefits from Tuna fisheries.

Minister Giro and his senior officials were in Noro over the weekend to support and commemorate World Tuna Day in the Tuna Capital.

He said the National Government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources would continue to assist Tuna companies in Noro, to ensure that they too get maximum benefits.

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Tuna second biggest revenue earner in the Solomon Islands

The panellists at the World Tuna Day Talk Back Show (L-R) Forum Fisheries Investment Adviser Mr Franklyn Forau, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Fisheries Dr Christain Ramofafia, Fisheries Director Mr Edward Honiwala, Managing Director NFD Mr Frank Wickham and Fisheries Management Adviser FFA Dr Reuben Sulu

Revenue earned from our tuna fishery is ranked second by the Ministry of Finance after MoFT’s IRD and Customs, Permanent Secretary Dr Christain Ramofafia revealed during the Radio Talk back show on Sunday.

The talkback show was organised as one of the two main events to mark the World Tuna Day, which is celebrated around the World.

He said revenue earned from our tuna fisheries annually by MFMR, is more than SBD$300 million and that contributed to the ranking.

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MFMR launches website version 2.0

By Douglas Saefoa

"We see the importance of reaching out to the global community through such platforms," this was echoed by the Permanent Secretary of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) during the launch of their website version 2.0.

As a key functioning Ministry within the Solomon Islands government the MFMR first introduced their office to the global community, by establishing a website in 2016 with financing support through the New Zealand Government's Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries  (MSSIF) project. 

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Massive Fisheries Surveillance Effort by FFA and Members

Photo Caption: GCPB Nafanua II Sea boat deployment for vessel boarding inspection. Photo: Samoa NHQ (Source: FFA media)

One of the largest maritime surveillance operation in the world, Operation Kurukuru, concludes on Friday 30 October, after two weeks of international cooperation by aircraft, ships, and national organisations to target Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing in the Pacific.

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Coordination and commitment during regional fisheries surveillance operation

A fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance operation in the Pacific concludes this week, with excellent cooperation demonstrated between nations despite the challenges of COVID-19 continuing to affect surveillance in the region. 

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Bina Harbour, National Tilapia Centre Projects on track: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the progress on the Bina Harbour Onshore Processing Plant project and the National Tilapia Aquaculture centre at Aruligo are succeeding positively.

The Prime Minister said the Government through the ministry has recently signed the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) on the Bina Project with the Malaita Provincial Government.

He said the signing is a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to this Project.

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