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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 27, 2000 - PINA Nius Online)---Improvement work on the Community Boat Harbor at Anibare in Nauru has been completed.

An opening ceremony was held at Anibare with the Ambassador of Japan to Nauru, Mr. Hisato Murayama, and the President of Nauru, Mr. Bernard Dowiyogo, as guests of honor.

The "Project for the Improvement of the Community Boat Harbor at Anibare" was funded by the government of Japan with a grant of 675 million yen (approx. US$ 5.7 million) provided under Japan's Fisheries Grant Aid Program.

The project included the construction of a wharf and apron, boat ramp, breakwaters, parking area for boat trailers and access roads, deepening of the Anibare Reef channel and installation of navigation aids and channel markers.

The new boat harbor is a vital component of Nauru's National Fisheries and Marine Resources Development Strategy, which sets out measures to be taken from 1996 to 2001 to promote the development of the fisheries sector.

Nauru's fisheries sector is seen as the most likely source of national income in the post-phosphate economic era.

Direct benefits from this project will include major improvements in port and marine transportation functions.

The development of the fisheries sector will result in increased employment through the establishment of fisheries related small-scale industries and the earning of foreign exchange through exports of fish products.

Related industries, such as tourism, are also likely to benefit.

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