PNA sees joint-effort vital for industry


A TRAINING and information workshop on the vessel day scheme and the integrated fisheries information management system was conducted in Manila last week.
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) office organised the workshop in partnership with the National Fisheries Authority and information management system service provider.
The workshop was attended by representatives of the fishing operators, both distant water fishing nations and domestically based within PNA countries, and fisheries agencies.
They discussed the operational procedures and challenges they faced while implementing the two systems.
David Karis, the vessel monitoring system manager for NFA said partnering with the industry was important.
He said agency and government officials in their policy making should ensure that our strategic industry partners, who in a joint effort put value to the tuna resources, “are more informed of the smart technologies that we are researching into and incorporating into our work so they too see and appreciate the cost effectiveness and efficiency of systems such as the integrated fisheries information management system.”
He said the system served both the regulators and the industry.
“Sometimes, the industry has better technology or operational means that they might already have tried. And through a workshop such as this, we learn from each other to make things better for both our interests,” he said.

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