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Trapnet Trial project

The trapnet project which started in Wewak, East Sepik Province, a few years ago with large scale nets, were very profitable and viable but the size of the net were basically a little too big and a bit costly.

The National Fisheries Authority has now reduced the trapnets to smaller sizes as part a trail project now currently being rolled out at Labu Miti, Labu Tale and Busamang, all coastal villages of Huon Gulf dsitrict in Morobe.

National Fisheries Authority Managing Director, John Kasu, says he is very optimistic about the future of this project as the results so far are very good and there is also increasing interest from coastal communities to have this trapnets in their communities.

Trapnet fishing is a new style of fishing and while there is demands from various interested groups and communities, the National Fisheries Authority currently is refining the net designs, trailing by letting communities manage it and documenting this project before rolling out around PNG.

Mr Kasu says as part of this project NFA is gearing the fishermen and monitoring their harvest and are also working together with the communities to set up their little businesses and how to manage that business.

Apart from the Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation (OFCF), under the Japanese Inernational Cooperative Agency (JICA), the National Fisheries College is also a partner in this project, especially in rolling out the trainings nationwide.

Compared to the bigger nets in Wewak, the smaller trapnets in Morobe cost around K100,000 whilst the bigger nets cost around K400,000.

NBC News - Gabriel Lahoc

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