PALAU FISHERMEN TAP TRAINING PROGRAM

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon/Marianas Variety, Jan. 9) - The Bureau of Marine Resources of the Ministry of Resources and Development has been training Palau local fishermen on modern methods and techniques.

Theo Isamu, bureau director, said they have conducted month-long training sessions for fishermen at least three or four times last year, the last of which were held from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4.

Isamu said this was part of the bureau’s efforts to develop inshore fisheries by transferring modern fishing techniques to Palauan fishermen for the purpose of enhancing subsistence and commercial fishing.

He said the training was successful, adding that each of the events were participated by around nine to 12 local fishermen, including sports fishermen.

The fishermen learned about fish quality preservation and surface long line fishery, among others. These techniques, Isamu said, will greatly enhance the local fishermen’s capability for commercial and subsistence fishing.

Isamu said the bureau utilized its "multi-training" vessel, Elechil, during the trainings.

January 9, 2003

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