Chinese-Vanuatu Joint Venture Fishing Company To Trial Offloading Tuna

Frozen albacore eventually will be provided to processing plant

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Nov. 3, 2016) – The Department of Fisheries says the first ever offloading of frozen tuna fish caught within Vanuatu’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will take place in Port Vila today.

This is a trial offloading exercise that will be carried out by the Sino-Van Fisheries Limited since the establishment of the joint venture company between the Vanuatu Government and the China National Fisheries Corporation (CNFC), a state owned enterprise of the government of the People’s Republic of China.

The trial will involve one fishing vessel carrying 50 tonnes of frozen tuna fish mostly albacore tuna; and will be made at the Meletauri main wharf.

The fishing vessel Shungshui 707 will be expected to berth at the main wharf by 6am today, for clearance before the arrival of Government officials to witness the offloading.

Under the regional tuna fisheries management framework, Vanuatu’s quota for foreign fishing license stands at 70 per year.

Out of that figure Sino-Van Fisheries Ltd has 47.

The 47 fishing vessels will soon all be offloading their catch in Port Vila once the Sino-Van fish processing plant is fully operational.

Under the national tuna management plan of Vanuatu, all Vanuatu licensed fishing vessels operating within the country’s EEZ, will be required to offload their catches in Vanuatu ports. The policy has not been implemented due to the lack of local infrastructure for offloading of fish.

However, now that the government has given the green light for Sino-Van Ltd to begin operation, future granting of fishing licenses will go with the condition that they will have to offload in Vanuatu.

Meanwhile, the trial exercise today will involve the whole process of ship clearance, offloading from ship and loading to carrier trucks, transporting from wharf to the processing plant at Blacksands, weighing and packaging of fish and loading to containers ready for export.

Timing is of essence in fish processing operation. In this trial exercise, all aspects of the movement of stock from the wharf to the processing plant will be monitored.

This will include the weight of road traffics between the wharf and the processing plant at Blacksands.

Maintaining and sustaining of appropriate temperatures of the fish is highly important in order to meet market quality. The temperature of the fish will be checked during offloading at the wharf and before packaging at the processing plant.

This is not only a historical occasion since the closure of the South Pacific Fishing Company in Palekula in Santo, but a much debated development project in Vanuatu.

This is part of the government’s 100 Day Plan.

Vanuatu Daily Post
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