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Fisheries Targets Building Expertise

The lack of specialised expertise in the aquaculture sector continues to be an issue for the Ministry of Fisheries. And because of this, the ministry continues to up-skill its officers
05 Nov 2016 12:10
Fisheries Targets Building Expertise
Ministry of Fisheries

The lack of specialised expertise in the aquaculture sector continues to be an issue for the Ministry of Fisheries.

And because of this, the ministry continues to up-skill its officers by providing local and overseas trainings to build their capacity in operations areas within the sector.

This was highlighted by the ministry’s fisheries planning officer Simione Tauvoli while making submissions before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources on Thursday.

Mr Tauvoli was responding to committee member Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki who questioned the skill capacity of field officers within the ministry.

“We have officers on the ground that are qualified with general science and most of our officers are qualified with marine science, some environmental science and marine affairs,” he said.

“USP and the institutions that we have don’t teach specialised courses on fisheries and it’s mostly on general subjects.”

He said this was an issue the ministry was looking at to assist its current staff for aquaculture training.

“We continuously send our staff especially on the aquaculture sector for overseas training as per our bilateral agreements with Korea, China and they spend three months hands on training,” he said.

“There is a need to up-skill our officers.

“We are not only trying to train the communities, but we’re also trying to up-skill our officers.

“Those who don’t have the qualifications on the ground we send them to local trainings or those who need the technical expertise in respective areas of operations, we look at trainings that are offered by other governments.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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