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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Feb. 2, 2001 – Marshall Islands Journal)---An agreement signed last Thursday in Majuro is paving the way for a $4 million Japan-funded fisheries project in Jaluit Atoll to move forward.

Resources and Development Minister John Silk and fisheries project consultant Tamotsu Tomiyama, the senior managing director of System Science Consultants, Inc., signed a memorandum of understanding which spells out details for final design, bidding, construction of the fishing base facilities in Jaluit, and provision of fishing boats and equipment.

The project – incorporating lessons learned from pilot fisheries project in Arno, Ailinglaplap, Likeip and Namu – will feature unique conservation activities, including collaboration with a marine conversation/tourism promotion project now under way at Jaluit.

Minister of Public Works Rien Morris, who represents Jaluit, and Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority director Danny Wase also were on hand for the signing ceremony at the Ministry of R&D.

Construction of new facilities is expected to start in May and be completed by February 2002, with community-based commercial fishing to begin in March next year.

The Marshall Islands Journal, Box 14, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 E-mail: journal@ntamar.com  Subscriptions (weekly): 1 year US $87.00; international $213.00 (air mail).

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