High Level Delegation From China Talks Fisheries With Cook Islands

Ministry of Marine Recourses
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

June 30, 2017

A high level foreign affairs and fisheries delegation from Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, visited the Ministry of Marine Recourses (MMR) office this week. 

Deputy Director General, Foreign Affairs Office People’s Government of Guangdong Province, Su Caifang led the delegation.

Members of the delegation included representatives from the Guangdong People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Guangdong, a coastal province of southeast China, has a population of 100 million and attracts half China’s visitors and tourists to its shores.

It is a centre for fisheries activity in China, including the economic hub of Shenzhen where the Cook Islands licensed longline fleet operate from.

At the hatchery the delegation expressed an interest in supporting giant clam (pa’ua) conservation efforts and members said they were interested in further cooperation with the Cook Islands.

The delegation included Deputy Director General of Guangdong Ocean and Fishery Department, Hong Weidong, Deputy Director of Guangdong Ocean and Fishery Department Liu Nai’an, Section Chief of Guangdong Ocean and Fishery Department, Liu Dengjun, Deputy Secretary General of Guangdong People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Du Yue, and Deputy Section Chief of Guangdong People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Zeng Yi.

The delegation also visited Aitutaki and MMR’s Aitutaki Marine Research Centre over the weekend.

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