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By Luana Paniu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 12) – Fare Well Fishery PNG Ltd, a Port Moresby-based company, has announced a plan to build a tuna processing plant in Lombrum, Manus province in August

Ruth Telek, a company executive, said the processing plant included a 2,000-ton cold storage facility.

Ms. Telek said the processed tuna to be supplied by purse seiner and longliner operators would be exported.

She made the announcement at the opening ceremony of a 500-ton cold plant last Friday in Port Moresby’s main wharf.

Speaking for company chief executive Jesse Huang, Telek said the Lombrum plant would produce ice for local fishermen and pump-boat operators.

The Port Moresby-based facility is Fairwell’s first storage plant in the country and will be operated by Grand Huang Enterprise Ltd, a subsidiary of Fairwell.

Telek said the Manus facility would provide jobs to more than 300 locals who would be working at the plant and at fishing vessels.

The plant will serve the needs of tuna purse seiners and longliners while the tuna catch will be cut into four loin parts to be transported by carrier vessels to overseas markets.

Telek thanked the National Fisheries board for approving the project, which she said would encourage future fishery investment in the province.

Meanwhile, Maurice Brownjohn, president of the PNG Fishing Industry Association who was one of the guests, had called on the region’s investors to look into fish processing, adding that the country is abundant with many fishery resources like tuna.

Also invited to the plant opening were NFA acting manger Sylvester Pokajam, Taiwan Trade Commissioner in PNG General Chen, Secretary for Trade and Industry Anton Kulit, PNG Defence Force commander Commodore Peter Ilau and representatives from the PNG Waterboard, environment and conservation agencies, Investment Promotions Authority and Internal Revenue Commission.

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