FSM Conducts Fisheries Seminar In Beijing

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

FSM Embassy to China Beijing, China

January 27, 2016

To promote the fisheries sector of the Federated States of Micronesia, FSM’s top fisheries officials, Churchill Edward, chairman of the board of directors of the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority, and Eugene Pangelinan, executive director of NORMA, conducted a fisheries seminar in Beijing.

The seminar provided information on the opportunities that exist in the FSM for Chinese long line fishing companies. It also encouraged long line fishing vessels from China to invest in the FSM and secure vessel days for long line fishing in FSM waters.

With the implementation of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement long line vessel day scheme in 2016, Pangelinan advised Chinese long line fishing companies "that the opportunity exists now for China to play a major role in its (FSM) long line fisheries development and for China to secure a place in the limited fishery once it goes into full implementation in 2017."

Pangelinan further requested China to seriously look to the FSM as a partner in improving relations on the management of the long line fishery through a strategic partnership in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Edward said that "China is a major fishing partner for the FSM and FSM looked to China to secure additional investments in improving our facilities to support the fleet if they were to move to FSM."

He said t "there is great opportunity to develop a mutually beneficial arrangement for both FSM and China and this will be explored further in the near future."

While in Beijing, Edward and Pangelinan also met with the China Overseas Fisheries Association and the Bureau of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China.

The China Overseas Fisheries Association is a non-profit organization, which was established to promote the sustainable development of China’s distant water fishing and also enhance international exchange and cooperation on overseas fisheries.

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