Upgrade needed for plant to allow for locally-caught fish to be exported from Vanuatu, says Govt

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The Vanuatu Government is fully committed to the agreement made with the CNFC Overseas Fishery Corporation of China signed in Beijing in 2004 in relation to the Blacksands fish processing plant. Minister Matai Seremaiah wants the plant fully renovated, he told those present for the offload of frozen fish at the main wharf last Friday. Minister Seremaiah appealed to the task force for the Sino-Van fishery comprising officials of his Fisheries Department and MIPU to work together to ensure deadlines are set for the completion of the work at Blacksands. He says it is very frustrating that fish caught in Vanuatu waters by Chinese vessels carrying Vanuatu flags were being unloaded in Fiji and the catch sold as produce of Fiji. (Daily Post, yesterday)

A letter to the Daily Post from the VNPF Commision of Inquiry (CoI) Chairman clarifies certain points. An additional two months was requested by the CoI to complete their inquiries and this was agreed and gazetted. The total amount of Vt 4.4 billion of VNPF vatu being investigated is the book value of amounts paid for a list of VNPF investments — mostly real estate — which are under review by the CoI. It is to be determined whether the arrangements made for these investments were legal. The CoI has promised results of the findings will be published in a transparent manner soon.

The 2016 Mini-Census began on Sunday night with 300 enumerators trained. Data on household occupancy last Sunday night (the number of persons, their gender and age) will be collected by the census enumerators this week. (Daily Post)

Dredging of the channel to the South Paray wharf begins on Friday providing a 50 metre-wide entrance to the port of Paray south of the shoal between Iririki and the Star Wharf developments. (Daily Post)

There is a new Fishermen’s Association comprising representatives of most provinces. However, Tafea is not represented and this was the province of the former President. The Association has seen itself given to dis-unity until now, and the allegiances some time back saw the former President’s Tafea Group 1, another Tafea Group and a Group 3 of Others. (Daily Post)