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The Papua New Guinea national beche-de-mer fishery management plan

Philip Polon

National Fisheries Authority, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Abstract

Papua New Guinea annually exports more than 400 tonnes of dry beche-de-mer mainly to China Hong Kong SAR and Singapore. A total of 21 species are being harvested each year. The annual average for the last five years shows a gradual decline in catch rates each year. As a result, a National Beche-de-mer Fishery Management Plan was developed to manage the fishery in the country sustainably.

The objectives are to ensure that the economic benefits and social and environmental impacts of the fishery are recognised. Stakeholder participation is administered through the establishment of the National and Provincial Management Arrangements, among the most important advisory components of the management plan. This ensures that all stakeholders involved in the fishery are regularly advised on the management of the fishery. The representatives bring perspectives from different provinces so that many issues are considered when management recommendations are agreed.

A National Management Advisory Committee was formed and includes stakeholders from across the country. The Committee is appointed by the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority and provides advice to the Managing Director on most of the key management measures as well as the need for revisions to the plan. The committees at the provincial level advise the National Management Advisory Committee on provincial management measures, thus forming a link with all stakeholders.

Management measures prescribe the type of licenses, licence eligibility, licence requirements, export requirements, prohibitions, closures and reporting requirements. Licensees are closely monitored by the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) to ensure they comply with all management measures. In particular, reporting by exporters is important as the reports provide the only trade information that NFA collects.

A Total Allowable Catch (TAC) is set for both the higher value species and the lower value species, as the more valuable species are more heavily fished. Once the TAC of a value group has been reached, the NFA closes the whole fishery as it is too difficult to monitor the harvest of just one value group.

Trade in undersized beche-de-mer is banned to protect the population. Trade of beche-de-mer in pieces is also banned to prevent undersized animals being broken up for sale, making detection of any undersized product difficult.

A single closed season applies for the whole country during the spawning season from 1st October to 15th January. However, the fishery in each province closes when the TAC of a value group is reached or on the date of the season closure, whichever arises first. If the TAC in one province is reached, other provinces may continue to fish until their TAC is reached or the season is closed.

Any customary management practices, which are consistent with the plan are recognised by the National Fisheries Authority and will be incorporated into the plan as schedules.

Keywords: Management plan, National Management Advisory Committee, stakeholders participation

Introduction

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has an extensive and valuable fisheries sector. The largest fishery in PNG is the tuna fishery. Other significant sectors are shrimp, beche-de-mer, lobster, trochus (shell) and reef fish. There is also potential for inland river fisheries and aquaculture.

The Papua New Guinea exclusive fisheries zone of 2.4 million km2 is one of the largest in the South Pacific. The fisheries zone includes an extended reef system, numerous islands and a long coastline. The vast area provides huge opportunities in terms of resources, but also presents an enormous challenge in terms of monitoring, control and surveillance.

The beche-de-mer fishery is one of the most important sources of income for local communities throughout coastal communities. The fishery has by far the greatest number of participants when compared to other commercial fisheries in the country. This is owing to the nature of the product and the simple, low technology method of processing, making it an ideal industry for the rural areas.

Establishment of the National Management Plan for the beche-de-mer fishery in 2000 was to mitigate any long-term unsustainable harvest in the country. The management plan was designed to manage the fishery to ensure sustainable exploitation of the beche-de-mer resource as well as to facilitate maximum economic return to the communities.

Description of the Fishery

The increasing demand for beche-de-mer from Asian markets and their over-exploitation in some of the neighbouring Pacific island countries has encouraged the introduction of tough management regimes to control the harvest of the fishery, but more importantly to maintain resource sustainability.

In the past only a handful of beche-de-mer species were considered valuable, but declining populations of these species in the last 20 years has led to the less favoured species being harvested increasingly. Today there are 20 different species harvested commercially in PNG.

There has been a marked decline in the volume of high value species and an increase in the volume of the low value species taken. The opening of the market to new species that traditionally had no commercial value has dramatically impacted on the volume of export. Figures for 2000 showed PNG exported about 607 tonnes, valued about K16.2 million. Of that, the low value species accounted for 61 % (370 tonnes), the remainder being high value species. In 2001, PNG exported 484 tonnes valued at about K17.2 million and again the low value species accounted for more than 60 % of the total export.

The price paid to fishers per unit (kina/kg) (1 kina ~ US$ 0.31) has also increased dramatically (Table 1). In 1994, prices paid to fishers in PNG were said to range from K1/kg to K12/kg whilst importers paid from K4/kg to K23/kg. Valuable species fetched premium prices.

Table 1. Beche-de-mer price changes from 1980 to 2001 in Papua New Guinea.

Year

Product/Species

Location

Price ((Kina/kg)

Grade

1980-1983

Beche-de-mer

--

2.34 - 3.36

--

1985

Beche-de-mer

--

3.67

--

1986

Beche-de-mer

--

4.64

--

1994

Beche-de-mer

--

1 - 12

--

Sandfish

North Solomons Province

12.19

--

Sandfish

Manus Province

18

--

White teatfish

North Solomons Province

30

C

White teatfish

North Solomons Province

46

A

2000

Chalkfish

--

3.5

--

Sandfish

--

60

A

2001

Chalkfish

--

10

--

Sandfish

--

100

A

Despite its economic importance to PNG and the income provided to some 200 000 fishers scattered in coastal villages, the fishery is not well studied. The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) is therefore envisaging conducting 2 to 3 provincial stock assessments annually. This will be done in partnership with reputable public and/or private institutions. The research will update the information on growth, mortality, recruitment and movement patterns. These data are needed to estimate the yield and stock sizes required for the review of the management plan.

Socio-economic studies pertaining to the impact of the fishery on the communities is being considered, once the results of the community studies currently being conducted in Milne Bay Province (Trobriand Islands) by the National Research Institute (PNG) in collaboration with the Australia Maritime College are known.

Environmental Impacts

Beche-de-mer trade has had environmental impacts. In areas where product is smoked, mangrove stands may be deforested because trees are used as firewood. Estimates have been made that ten tonnes of wood is needed to smoke 1 tonne of beche-de-mer.

Sea cucumber processing also results in the production of stickwater, which contains a toxin (holothurine) that originates from the boiling of the holothurian skin. In other countries, the release of stickwater directly into the marine environment has resulted in fish kills in shallow coastal areas.

Other potential environmental impacts from beche-de-mer harvesting are poorly understood. All sea cucumbers extract bacteria and organic matter from bottom sediments and some are responsible for bioturbation and oxygenation of the sea floor. Consequently, intensive collection may cause changes to the condition and nature of seafloor sediments with unknown impact on other resources.

The PNG National Beche-de-mer Fishery Management Plan

1. Interpretation

In this Management Plan, the following definitions (unless otherwise indicated) apply:

"Maximum sustainable yield" means the highest possible catch of beche-de-mer that may be taken from the management area with minimum effect on the ability of the stock to continue to replenish itself.

"Precautionary Approach" means setting down restrictions to control harvesting in absence of adequate scientific data. These restrictions include setting of TACs, seasonal and area closures and controlling fishing effort.

"National Management Advisory Committee" (NMAC) means an advisory committee established under this plan to provide advice for NFA.

"Provincial Management Advisory Committee" (PMAC) means an advisory committee established in the province to provide advice to the NFA or NMAC on specific provincial issues.

"Sustainability" means ability for a resource to maintain its stock at a fishable level given a level of effort or harvest.

"Total Allowable Catch" (TAC) means the set amount of catch that is allowed to be taken out of the fishery in any one year or season. The TAC is set at a safe level based on the average annual production or on stock assessment work.

"Traditional Management Practices" means methods for conservation of marine and coastal resources practiced by traditional indigenous inhabitants that have been passed down from generation to generation and which are not usually formally recorded.

2. Application

a) This beche-de-mer fishery management plan is cited as the "Management Plan".

b) This Plan applies to all animals belonging to the Class Holothuroidea, commonly known as sea cucumbers, beche-de-mer, pislama or trepang.

c) This Plan applies to the beche-de-mer fishery and includes all fishing and activities associated with the collection, processing, storage, buying, selling and exporting of beche-de-mer products.

d) The Schedules to this Plan form part of the Management Plan and shall be read together with the Management Plan.

e) This Plan is to be interpreted in accordance with clause 1 of this Plan, Section 2, Interpretation, Fisheries Management Act 1998 and Part 1.1, Interpretation, Fisheries Management Regulations 2000.

f) Unless otherwise expressed, words and expressions used in the Management Plan shall have same meanings as defined in the Fisheries Management Act 1998 and Fisheries Management Regulation 2000.

g) Where there is inconsistency between the Plan and Fisheries Management Act 1998 and Fisheries Management Regulation 2000, the Fisheries Management Act shall prevail.

3. Objectives

a) To manage the fishery to the maximum economic benefit of Papua New Guinea.

b) To ensure that the development of the beche-de-mer fishery benefits coastal communities, particularly customary fishers.

c) To ensure use of the beche-de-mer resource is sustainable and that beche-de-mer fishing has minimal impact on the marine and coastal environment.

4. Precautionary Approach

Consistent with relevant international instruments including the most common principles of the precautionary approach developed pursuant to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (1982) and management objectives of the National Fisheries Authority, precautionary approaches of management shall apply in respect of the species specified in this Plan in the following manner:

a) In the absence of adequate scientific data, the NFA shall take into account any uncertainties with respect to the size and productivity of the stock, to other management reference points such as maximum sustainable yield, the level and distribution of fishing mortality, and the impact of fishing activities on associated and dependent species, and including climatic, oceanic, environmental and socio-economic conditions.

b) In managing the beche-de-mer fishery, the NFA shall consider the associated ecosystems on reefs within PNG. The NFA shall develop data collection and research projects to assess the impact of fishing on non-target species and their environment, adopt plans as necessary to ensure the conservation of non-target species and consider the protection of habitats of special concern.

c) The absence of adequate scientific information shall not be used as a reason for postponing or failing to take measures to protect the target and non-target species in each provincial beche-de-mer fishery.

d) The precautionary approach shall be based on the best scientific information available, including appropriate techniques and be aimed at setting stock specific minimum standards for conservation and management.

e) The NFA shall, in collaboration with relevant persons and reputable organisations in PNG or the world, develop systems to collect data and to undertake research into conservation of the stock and the protection of habitats.

5. National Management Arrangements

a) The beche-de-mer fishery will be managed nationally. A National Management Advisory Committee (NMAC) will be formed in accordance with clause (g) to provide advice to the Managing Director on the management of the beche-de-mer fishery.

b) The NMAC will provide advice to the Managing Director on management measures as the Managing Director may specify, including total allowable catches, closed seasons, reporting, restrictions, trade, and any other relevant issues that the Managing Director may direct from time to time. The final decision on the fishery management remains with the Managing Director.

c) The NMAC may take responsibility for advising on management of other marine species if directed to do so by the Managing Director or the Board.

d) The Managing Director or the Minister may direct the NMAC to examine a particular issue in the fishery or to review all or part of the management plan.

e) The plan will be reviewed by the NMAC at the direction of the Managing Director at least every three (3) years or at such earlier time as the Managing Director shall direct.

f) Subject to prior approval of the board, any review of the management plan shall be made public by the NMAC and comments will be invited from all stakeholders in the fishery.

g) The National Management Advisory Committee will consist of the following persons, appointed by the Managing Director:

i. two NFA representatives (one will be appointed Chair);

ii. one fishery scientist;

iii. two customary fisher representatives;

iv. two fishing industry representatives nominated by the fishing industry;

v. a representative from a non-government organization whose objectives include conservation of the marine environment and resources; and

vi. one representative each from the Region Fisheries Secretariats for Southern, Momase and New Guinea Islands.

h) No more than two members may represent groups or government from the same province.

i) Elected political office holders are ineligible for membership of the NMAC. Should an NMAC member be elected to political office during their term he or she must resign their membership. Persons who are nominated for provincial or national election shall stand down.

j) The two representatives from the NFA will serve as permanent members. Other members to the NMAC will serve for three-year terms. Representatives from Regional Secretariats will serve for one year and on rotational basis between provinces.

k) The NMAC and its members will operate in accordance with the following procedures and such other procedures and standards as may be set by the Board:

i. a quorum requires two thirds of all members and must include one NFA representative;

ii. the Managing Director shall, with the endorsement of the Board, lay down operational procedures for the NMAC, including place and dates for meeting and the NMAC shall meet at least once a year;

iii. prior to taking up membership, representatives will be required to disclose any direct or indirect personal or pecuniary interests in the fishery, otherwise than as a member of, and in common with the other members of, an incorporated company consisting of not less than 25 persons. The nature of his or her interest shall be disclosed as soon as possible to the NMAC. Such a disclosure shall be recorded in the minutes of the NMAC and submitted to the Managing Director;

iv. the NMAC and Managing Director must be advised of any substantive changes in such interests, or new interests, during the course of membership. The Managing Director will determine if a change in interests will affect that member's term; and

v. where a member who has an interest described in subsection 5(k)(iii), has not made a disclosure in accordance with that subsection, his or her vote shall be null and void retrospectively from the time such interest is considered and determined by the Managing Director and the Managing Director shall terminate the appointment of such a member.

6. Provincial Management Arrangements

a) To ensure strong input from the Provinces, NFA will encourage provinces in the formation of Provincial Management Advisory Committees (PMACs).

b) PMACs will advise the NMAC on province-specific management arrangements.

c) The NFA will only recognise PMACs that comprise broad representation of marine resource users in the province, and the membership of each PMAC must include:

i. one representative from Provincial Administration;

ii. one District Administrator;

iii. three customary fisher representatives (from different local government areas);

iv. two local fishing industry representatives;

v. one NFA representative;

vi. one provincial fisheries officer; and

vii. one representative from a non-government organization whose objectives include conservation of the marine environment and resources.

d) The PMAC may submit a request to the NMAC, with justification, for members representing other stakeholder groups in the province.

e) The PMAC and its members will operate in accordance with the following procedures and such other procedures and standards as may be set by the Board:

i. the Chair of the PMAC will be voted in by a two thirds majority;

ii. a quorum requires any six members and must include one customary fisher representative, the Chair and an NFA representative; and

iii. the PMAC will meet as required, but, not less than twice a year.

f) The Managing Director will determine, on the recommendation of the NMAC, if a PMAC will be represented on the NMAC. The composition of the PMAC will be the deciding factor. A PMAC must not include any elected political office holders from the national or Provincial Government or person nominated for such office.

g) PMAC may be consulted on other fishery.

h) The PMAC may, in consultation with the Provincial Government, develop a schedule to the National Beche-de-mer Management Plan that covers province-specific management measures. The NMAC will endorse PMAC schedules for Board approval if they are consistent with the provisions of the management plan.

7. Management Measures

The following management measures set out in the Management Plan shall have the force of law upon notification in the National Gazette.

A. Licensing

Licence Types

i. Under this plan the only licences required in the beche-de-mer fishery will be export and storage facility licences.

ii. There is no limit to the number of export licences in any given province. However, the PMAC of each province may recommend to NFA a specific number of export licences for the province based on the resources available.

iii. Export licences are not transferable. iv. Licences are valid for one year and subject to renewal.

Licence Eligibility

i. The beche-de-mer fishery is reserved for the use of citizens of Papua New Guinea.

ii. Only PNG citizens and PNG citizen enterprises may hold an export licence, or engage in any part of the beche-de-mer fishery.

iii. Storage and trade of beche-de-mer or/and beche-de-mer products are restricted to licensed operators only.

Licence Requirement

i. Licensed exporters will be required to provide returns (in the form on Schedule 2) to NFA detailing all purchases made during the month. Failure to do so will result in the export not being permitted.

ii. New or renewed export licensees will have to meet certain criteria set by the Managing Director with endorsement of the Board to qualify for an export license.

iii. Licences for the beche-de-mer fishery will only be issued or renewed if the Board is satisfied that the company will meet, or has met, all licence conditions, and will comply, or has complied with the provisions of the plan, Fisheries Management Regulations 2000 and the Fisheries Management Act 1998, including any that may have prevailed prior to this plan.

B. Total Allowable Catch (TAC)

TAC Allocation

i. Each province will have an individual total allowable catch (TAC), applicable to a twelve month period that is calculated using the best information available.

ii. The TAC will be divided into two groups: high value species and low value species. Schedule 1 sets out which species belong to each group. These will be referred to as value groups.

iii. The Managing Director, with the endorsement of the Board, will set TACs for the beche-de-mer fishery in each province. The NMAC will advise the Managing Director on TACs using information provided by the NFA. TACs will be set after the yearly closure of the fishery in each province and prior to the opening of the fishery the following year. TACs for each province will be recorded in Schedule 4 to this Plan and once set shall not be changed until the following year.

Monitoring

i. The NFA will monitor the total allowable catch for each value group in each province.

ii. The NMAC will review the TACs for each province annually taking into consideration any new and relevant research or information that is available.

iii. The NFA will close the fishery on a date it estimates the entire TAC, or TAC of a value group, will be reached. This will be based on the best estimates of weight traded during the season.

Penalty

i. If the allocated TAC for a province is reached and exceeded by a considerable amount (more than 5 tonnes), that excess amount will be taken off the next season's TAC.

C. Export Requirements

i. Licensed exporters will only export beche-de-mer of the sizes set out in Schedule 1 to this Management Plan.

ii. Export of frozen beche-de-mer shall be consistent with the standards set out under Section 13.3 of the Fish Quality Control (Export) Standards.

iii. Trade of undersized beche-de-mer is prohibited and any undersized product will be confiscated and the licence may be revoked or cancelled.

iv. The export of part or parts of, or broken beche-de-mer, is prohibited.

v. Parts of, or broken beche-de-mer, weighing more than 40 kilograms found on export premises or packed for export will be confiscated and the export licence held may be revoked.

vi. Beche-de-mer product for export must be packed by species and the holding container clearly labelled with the name and quantity of the product and the name and licence number of the exporter.

vii. Movement of beche-de-mer product between provinces is not permitted except with written authorisation from the Managing Director of the NFA.

viii. Where an exporter's nearest port for export is in another province, or is not functional, the company may apply for written authorisation, from the Managing Director of NFA, to use another port for export. If granted, such written authorisation shall:

a) be attached to the licence;

b) apply for one year only; and

c) be reviewed at the time the licence is renewed.

ix. Samples for export shall be limited to 2 pieces of each species at any one time. Samples bound for overseas for personal consumption shall be limited to 2 kg per person.

D. Prohibitions

i. Non-citizens shall not take part in any aspect of the beche-de-mer fishery. (Refer to G57 National Gazette 4th April 2002).

ii. The use of hookah and SCUBA for the fishing of sea cucumbers is prohibited. (Refer to G57 National Gazette 4th April 2002).

iii. The use of underwater lights or surface lights for the fishing of sea cucumbers is prohibited. (Refer to G57 National Gazette 4th April 2002).

iv. Collection, buying, selling of all species of beche-de-mer is prohibited during the closed season or when a TAC is reached.

v. Storage and trade of beche-de-mer and/or beche-de-mer products are restricted to licensed holders only.

E. Closure of the fishery

i. The NFA will close the fishery when the TAC is reached or the compulsory season closure date is reached, whichever occurs first.

ii. A compulsory closed season will occur each year, from 1 October until 15 January of the following year, inclusive. The compulsory closed season applies to all provinces.

iii. If a fishery in one province is closed early, other provinces may continue to fish until their TAC is reached, or the season closure date is reached, whichever occurs first.

iv. All collection, buying and selling of all species of beche-de-mer will cease at the beginning of a closed season declared by the NFA. Exceptions for export may be granted in writing by the Managing Director of the NFA and such exceptions may be with conditions deemed approved by the Managing Director.

v. The NFA will advertise the closure of the fishery through national and local media, as approved by the Board.

vi. On the fishery closure date, exporters must report holdings of beche-de-mer product to the NFA on the form set out in Schedule 3.

vii.The NFA may specify a date by which all holdings of beche-de-mer must be exported, or impose other measures for holding of product during the closed season.

viii. The NFA reserves the right to close any area of the fishery for conservation or regeneration purposes if it is considered necessary to do so for the sustainable management of the fishery.

F. Reporting

i. Standard trade names must be used in all reporting. These are set out in Schedule 1 to the Plan.

ii. Licensed exporters must submit holding data to the NFA on all beche-de-mer products handled. This includes species composition, grades, ward of origin, supplier's name, weight in kilograms and any other information that the NFA may deem necessary. The ward names as in Schedule 5 (not included in this paper) should be used.

iii. Monthly holding reports containing the information set out in Clause 7(f)(ii) must be submitted by the fifth (5) day of the following month on the form in Schedule 2 to this Plan.

iv. Exporters shall declare all beche-de-mer products they intend to export on the form as in Schedule 2 of this Plan to the NFA, before the NFA will issue approval for export and shall submit to the NFA detailed proof of remittance.

v. Five (5) working days after the closure of the fishery, export licensees must submit a report to the NFA stating how much beche-de-mer they hold at the start date of the closure set in Clause 7(e)(i). These will be submitted in the form set out in Schedule 3 to the Plan.

vi. Failure to submit the required reports within ten (10) days, or submitting incorrect data, including incorrect trade names, may result in suspension or cancellation of the export licence under Sections 19 and 20 of the Fisheries Management Regulations 2000.

8. Specific Management Objectives

The NFA will work with stakeholders in the beche-de-mer fishery, non-government organisations and research institutions to carry out research and information gathering activities to allow refinement of the Plan, particularly the conduct of resource surveys and assessments.

A. Stock Assessment and Fisheries Management activities aim to:

i. Collect fishery data in a way that will test current assumptions of population abundance and productivity.

ii. Sample specific areas according to the agreed sampling protocols to enable the collection of a time series of fishery dependent information, which can be examined to determine harvest impacts within these areas. If need be, NFA will commission, or encourage research to identify negative environmental impacts to the beche-de-mer industry in PNG, and develop mitigation methods against them.

iii. Develop research and fishing protocols that will enable NFA and provinces to acquire the needed information for the fishery and aquaculture initiatives.

iv. Collaborate with any reputable institution to conduct abundance surveys and test harvest rates. Where necessary the information be made available to Provincial Governments and other relevant organisations to establish local programmes of fishery statistics collection.

B. Aquaculture and Enhancement

The NFA recognizes the aquaculture industry as a legitimate user of PNG aquatic resources and will provide access to broodstock for industry development purposes (growth and diversification), and by aquaculture licences on an as needed basis, subject to conservation and environmental requirements. Request to access the wild stock for development purposes must be supported by a detailed project proposal by the proponent.

9. Customary Rights

i. Existing customary management measures, which are consistent with this plan, are recognised by the NFA, and PMACs will be encouraged to notify the NFA of such measures and incorporate these into their provincial schedules.

ii. Customary open seasons that are inconsistent with closed seasons as set out in Clause 7(e)(i) & (ii) are prohibited under Section 30 of the Fisheries Management Act 1998.

SCHEDULE 1

Value Groups, Trade Names and Minimum Size Restrictions

Value Group H - High Grade Species


Trade Name

Scientific Name

Alternative Names

Live Length
(cm)

Dry Length
(cm)

1

Sandfish

Holothuria scabra

Golden sandfish [this is really
H. scabra var. versicolor]

22

10

2

Black teatfish

H. nobilis

Black mama

22

10

3

White teatfish

H. fuscogilva

-

35

15

4

Greenfish

Stichopus chloronotus

-

20

10

5

Prickly redfish

Thelenota ananas

-

25

15

6

Surf redfish

Actinopyga mauritiana

Rough surf

(20)

(8)

7

Blackfish

A. miliaris

Big blackfish

15

10

8

Curryfish

Stichopus hermanni

-

25

10

9

Stonefish

Actinopyga lecanora

-

15

10

10

Tigerfish

Bohadschia argus

Leopard fish

20

10

11

Brown sandfish

B. vitiensis

PKfish

20

10

Value Group L - Low Grade Species


Trade Name

Scientific Name

Alternative Names

Live Length
(cm)

Dry Length
(cm)

1

Amber fish

Thelenota anax

Giant beche-de-mer

20

10

2

Lollyfish

Holothuria atra

Biglolly

(30)

(15)

3

Chalk fish

Bohadschia similis

False teatfish

(25)

(7)

4

Elephant trunkfish

Holothuria fuscopuntata

Trunkfish

(45)

(15)

5

Pinkfish

H. edulis

Smallbelly

(25)

(10)

6

Snakefish

H. coluber

-

-

-

7

Flowerfish

Pearsonothuria graeffei

Lollyrough, Butterfly fish

-

-

8

Deepwater redfish

Actinopyga echinites

-

(25)

(15)

Note: Figures in the brackets are provisional estimates only. NFA endeavours to update these values once new information is made available.

SCHEDULE 2

NATIONAL FISHERIES AUTHORITY

Monthly Buying Summary Report

This form should report all marine product bought within a month

Name of Exporter:


Month/Year:

Export Licence No:

Province:

Product Type:


Species
NFA trade names

Dry Weight
kilograms

Supplier
first name and last name

Ward
where bdm was collected


























































Send or Fax form to:

Manager, Licensing & Information

Facsimile: (675) 3202069

P.O. Box 2016

Telephone: (675) 3090444

Port Moresby

Email: nfa@fisheries.gov.pg

Papua New Guinea

SCHEDULE 3

NATIONAL FISHERIES AUTHORITY

End of Season Holding Report

This form should report all marine product held at the close of a season

Name of Exporter:


Month/Year:

Export Licence No:

Province:

Product Type:


Species
One per line NFA trade names

Dry Weight
kilograms

Species
One per line NFA trade names

Dry Weight
kilograms






















































Send or Fax form to:

Manager, Licensing & Information

Facsimile: (675) 3202069

P.O. Box 2016

Telephone: (675) 3090444

Port Moresby

Email: nfa@fisheries.gov.pg

Papua New Guinea

SCHEDULE 4

Total Allowable Catch for each Province

Province

High Value Species (tonnes)

Low Value Species (tonnes)

Total TAC (tonnes)

Bougainville

20

40

60

Gulf

(0.5)

(0.5)

(1)

East New Britain

10

20

30

East Sepik

7

13

20

Madang

15

25

40

Milne Bay

60

80

140

Manus

18

32

50

Morobe

10

20

30

NCD & Central

(25)

(55)

(80)

New Ireland

25

55

80

Oro

15

25

40

West New Britain

20

40

60

West Sepik

7

13

20

Western

10

7

17


242.5

425.5

668

Note: Figures in the brackets are provisional estimates only.


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