Huon Gulf Fishery Projects Underway
Fish processing project involving local fishermen along the Huon Gulf coastline in Salamaua, Morobe partnership with the National Fisheries Authority is in progress with Buso and Sapa as proposed sites.
Huon Gulf district chief executive officer, Moses Wanga, led fisheries officials to Saya amid Buso and Lababia villages located at Action Bay as the project site on Saturday.
Mr Wanga said the two fish centres at Buso and Sapa will process fish, sea cucumber, seashells and clay fish including lagoon and sand fish farming.
The trip to Buso was based on Buso community consensus to offer the project site.
The team included Momase Marine Resources Ltd managing director, Giling Ania, Morobe Fishery Authority board chairman, Weti Zozingao, Huon Gulf fishery program manager, Yaeing Joshua, Johnny Yang and MMR Ltd staff.
Mr Wanga said the project encourages Morobe Provincial Government’s triple one policy to ensure one person to have K1 per day in his or her pocket from using available resources.
“The kitchen at Wafi-Golpu project is our market target apart from various hotels, motels, supermarkets and government institutions in Lae.”
He said the way forward to initiate the local economy is to ensure villagers utilise their land and marine resources and partner with the government, instead of government pursuing or forcing projects down peoples throat.
“Various project plans captured in the district and provincial governments development plans never eventuated, because the government was forcing the projects down peoples throat with villagers not knowing the project aspects.”
Meanwhile, Mr Ania said the MMR Ltd has acquired a non-seasonal fishery export license from NFA to begin with fish harvesting using two solar freezers soon.