Chinese Fish Processing Plant In Vanuatu Will Not Create Toxic Waste

Sino-Van Fisheries manager: Discarded fish parts are not toxic in water

By Anita Roberts

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 4, 2016) – Fish processing at Blacksands, once the Sino-Van Fish Processing Plant begins operation, will not cause contamination as the waste is not regarded as chemical hazardous waste but fish parts which are not toxic to the water.

The Manager of the Sino-Van Fisheries Ltd and Vice Representative of the China National Fishery Cooperation (CNFC), Willie Shenli, made this statement to local journalists on their recent visit to the fish processing site.

“All the waste when washed down from the workshop to the waste water treatment facility will be treated before it runs out into the treatment ponds (these two ponds are located 600 to 800 meters from the sea).

“From the ponds the waste will go through cycles of filtration process and once it gets into the ocean it’s nothing like chemical”, he said.

Before the factory was built criticisms were made that processing will cause pollution to the environment. Manager Shenli said the arguments are baseless

“Of course the people have the right to voice their concerns about environment, health , tourism or other related issues.

“However, there should not be so much worries about processing because the people here have not yet seen how fish is processed but once the project commences the people will realize the reality.”

Fish processing is a big word and it refers to a lot of work, said Manager Shenli. He explained that out from the several tonnes of fish (about 30 to 50 per trip) unloaded by vessels, the factory will be processing only 5 to 10%.

“Most of the fish that is caught during the first weeks out at sea can be processed on board while the fresh ones offloaded into the factory within few days of catch on return of the vessels is the 5 to 10% that will be processed.”

On the other hand, regarding perceptions about noise pollution, the Director of Fisheries Kalo Pakoa, said it will only be minimal.

Having the fish plant will boost economic growth, he said.

He said it will increase employment opportunities, increase exports and improved infrastructure facilities such as wharves and roads.

The fish plant will also supply fish to the local markets. He emphasized the importance of fish as one of the highest protein food.

At the same time, Director Pakoa assured that the project will adhere to the food security policy of the country.

Meanwhile, the government of Vanuatu aims to see that the fish plant will be operational by September this year.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries, MP Gratien Shadrack, announced the government plans to set up a cannery as an option to replace taxation in the future.

The tour was part of a two-day Tunanomics Workshop run by the Pacific Islands Fisheries Forum Agencies (FFA) in partnership with the Department of Fisheries in Vanuatu. The fish plant is part of the context.

Led by Manager Shenli, the visit started from the entrance to the ice making machine, around the workshop, to the waste water treatment, to the two waste ponds and ended at the office building.

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