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Agreement calls for ‘cooperation projects’

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 26, 2009) - The Philippines and Papua New Guinea have approved arrangements on several fisheries cooperation projects.

They have also reached agreements on each other’s obligations in control of fishing-freezer vessels in Papua New Guinea.

Business World Online reports the agreements involve the Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Papua New Guinea’s National Fisheries Authority.

The director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Malcolm Sarmiento, says under the agreement Papua New Guinea will allow Philippine fishing vessels to fish for tuna in its exclusive economic zone subject to certain conditions.

He says the fishing operators must apply individually to the government of Papua New Guinea for a license to operate and approval of fishing days.

Mr. Sarmiento says Port Moresby is encouraging Philippine companies to invest in Papua New Guinea’s fisheries sector.

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