Honiara, 28 May 2020: Work is progressing well at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources freshwater fish hatchery project at Aruligo, North West Guadalcanal despite the Covid 19 State of Emergency.
Representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), the SIG ICT Services, Customs, Health, Soltuna, National Fisheries Development (NFD) and iTUNA Intel conducted a 3-day workshop at Munda from 11-13 March to advance proposals to establish a wholly integrated digital catch documentation and traceability scheme for the Noro Fishing Port which will be known as ePort.
Solomon Islands Government (SIG) through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) is taking the lead at the PNA (Parties to the Nauru Agreement) level in its fight against Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated (IUU), especially monitoring on Long Line (LL) and Purse Seine (PS) fishing vessels.
The Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation of Japan (OFCF) and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, last week, signed documents containing records of the 10th Joint Meeting between the two parties paving the way for further financial and technical assistance to the Sea Cucumber Project in Solomon Islands.
Revenue collected through licenses is set to hit an all time high this fishing season as more fishing days are being sold to the major fishing nations. The licensing section in the Ministry of Fisheries has experienced an increase in the number of requests from bilateral partners asking for more fishing days because of high yield expected this fishing season.
A three-day workshop conducted by Dr Andrew Hunt of the Oceanic Fisheries Programme ( OFP) from SPC for staff of the offshore Division has taught participants with the basic knowledge on how to analyse Tuna data from the TUFMAN 2 Tuna database Management information System.
Honiara harbour has seen an increase in the number of fishing boats calling into port for transshipment since December 2019. For almost two years, there were no boats seen at the harbour because much of the fishing activity occur in other parts of the region.