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Minister Naiqamu Visits Jakarta

The Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu is currently visiting Jakarta to participate in a Ministerial Meeting on Traceability of Fish and Fish Products. The event is hosted by
29 Jul 2016 08:00
Minister Naiqamu Visits Jakarta
Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu participating at a Panel session at the South East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit in Jakarta.

The Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu is currently visiting Jakarta to participate in a Ministerial Meeting on Traceability of Fish and Fish Products.

The event is hosted by his Indonesian counterpart Madam Suzie Pudjiastuti and her Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Forests has been supportive of the initiative by the Indonesian Government spearheaded by Ms Suzie in the criminalising of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing the world over.

The traceability of fish and fish products is a necessary component of the fight against IUU Fishing for which 21 countries including regional and international organisations converged in Jakarta on July 27 to share experiences and best practices on what has been considered a crime against humanity by the Indonesian Minister.

Mr Naiqamu was able to share Fiji’s experience highlighting the challenges his ministry faces including the loss of information along the supply chain from capture to the markets; the mixing of catches as a result of the lack of integrity of information; and the falsification of information among others.

He assured the meeting that the Fijian Government had put in place policies and institutional arrangements to rectify such anomalies with the aim of maximising the benefits to local fishermen and protecting the fisheries resources for the long term.

Mr Naiqamu later participated in a panel with the press organised jointly by Minister Suzie and the Economist titled, ‘Southeast Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit.’

He shared Fiji’s experience on the ‘yellow card’ infringement with the European Union and also made assurance that Fiji would be ratifying the much-sought ‘Agreement on Port State Measures’ hopefully by September this year.

Prior to the meeting, Mr Naiqamu paid a courtesy visit to his Indonesian counterpart where commitments were made to strengthen the Fiji-Indonesia bilateral co-operation in the fisheries sector.

In this regard Mr Naiqamu had extended an invitation for the convening of the first Joint Technical Working Group meeting on an MOU signed in 2014 to be held in Fiji at the end of August.

Mr Naiqamu, accompanied by his Permanent Secretary Samuela Lagataki and Director for Fisheries George Madden also visited several small micro enterprise projects prior to their return.

Source: Ministry of Fisheries and Forest Headquarters

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