KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon/Marianas Variety, Jan. 9) - A docking and fishing facility being built in Kayangel State is nearing completion and may be finished by March.

Theo Isamu, director of the Bureau of Marine Resources, said the completion of the $3 million jetty will provide Kayangel residents easy access to and from the state.

"This will greatly enhance the development of the state. It will contribute to its economic progress. It will provide ease for visitors going to Kayangel because it is a good docking facility," said Isamu.

The construction of the jetty, which is 100 meters long and five meters wide, was made possible through a Japan fisheries grant.

The project includes dredging of a channel on the way to Kayangel and the installation of navigational lights to serve as aids for incoming vessels, Isamu said.

He said he has also requested funding for the improvement of docking facilities for the states of Angaur and Peleliu. He said plans for the extension of existing docking facilities in the two states are underway.

The construction of docking facilities is part of the bureau’s mandate to assist in the development of fisheries infrastructure and programs at the state level.

In related news, Isamu said the bureau and the Palau Federation of Fishing Associations have a pending request for technical assistance from Japan in the field of "fishery value added products."

Fishery value added products are derived from fish.

Isamu said the bureau is planning to set up small factories in six states—Kayangel, Ngarchelong, Koro, Peleliu, Ngarard and Ngaremlengui—specializing in value added products.

January 9, 2003

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