Parties To Nauru Agreement Encouraging Small-Scale Tuna Canning Operations

PNA hosting certification workshop for entrepreneurs in Marshall Islands

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 11, 2016) – The Parties to the Nauru Agreement is encouraging Pacific entrepreneurs to enter the canning business in order to make better use of resources and provide greater food security.

This week the PNA is hosting a workshop in the Marshall Islands to certify prospective canners so that operations can be launched in several member nations.

PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru said the aim is to help boost small business opportunities.

Mr Kumoru said canning product would also aid food security in areas where there is no power.

He said undersized skipjack tuna, rainbow runners and other fish is often found in the bycatch of vessels.

"So there is a lot of fish that the canneries don't need. That is one of the objectives, to make use of the product that is coming out of the fishing boats in the transhipment hubs so that can now be utilised by people who are thinking entrepreneurial."

Mr Kumoru said in the long-term the small operations could expand to canning other product like fruit.

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Alii Ludwick Kumoru, Congratulations for succeeding Dr. Transform Aqorau as new CEO of PNA Office. FYI, Angaur Fishermen and Farmers Coop, Ltd. is expecting grant of Corporate Charter by President Remengesau any day now. And we plan to enter into partnership arrangement with Solomon Taiyo in terms of pole and line fishery and to cooperate in establishing on our island of Angaur small-scale cannery of under size skipjack and juvenile yellowfin tunas and vessel bycatch of rainbow runners, mahimahi, spanish macherel, wahoos, etc. We request PNA Office under your leadership advisory and technical assistance as to how best we can achieve our objective. Please provide me your email address to forward electronic copies of the Coop's approved Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Best wishes, Talobak Victorio Uherbelau, AFFC's Secretary.

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