1ST PACIFIC SEAFOOD AND TECHNOLOGY EXPOSITION is jointly organized by The National Fisheries Agency of PNG and INFOFISH.
The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) is a non-commercial statutory authority established and operating under the Fisheries Management Act 1998 and related regulations.
The process of transformation from a government to a streamlined statutory authority is being undertaken with the assistance of an institutional strengthening project using loan finance from Asian Development Bank as part of a wider PNG Fisheries Development Project that also provides infrastructure development in New Ireland and Manus.
The major priority of NFA over the last two years has been to change its corporate culture and turn the Authority into an effective regulator and overseer of the development of the Fisheries Sector. Under its plan, NFA has become a smaller, cleverer and more responsive Organisation, more clearly focused on management of PNG Fisheries for maximum sustainable benefit for the people of PNG. The revised organisation structure accommodates sixty (60) positions including support staff.The following compromises some of the major activities and developments in the reform of the Authority.
At the same time, a separate AusAID funded project is strengthening the National Fisheries College, which operates as part of NFA. This project has seen the development and delivery of new courses specifically designed to meet the needs of the fishing industry and coastal communities, and to provide the skills needed for developing PNG's fisheries. NFA began operating as an autonomous statutory authority on 1 January 2001. Although the ADB strengthening program is almost completed, the organisation is still very young and will need to continue evolving to meet the challenges of creating sustainable wealth for the people of PNG from its valuable fisheries resources. This corporate plan sets out how the organisation intends to move forward over the next three years (2002-2004) to meet these challenges.
INFOFISH originally launched in 1981 as a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Since 1987, it is an Intergovernmental Organization providing marketing information and technical advisory services to the fishery industry of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond from its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thirteen countries are currently members of INFOFISH which are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
INFOFISH is the leading source of marketing support for fish producers and exporters in the Asia-Pacific – a region which includes some of the largest fishing nations in the world. Its activities include bringing buyers and sellers together, publication of current and long-term marketing information and operation of technical advisory and specialized services. In addition to organizing exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and training programs, INFOFISH undertakes consultancies on all aspects of fisheries – pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest.