Find Fisheries expertise in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is the largest tropical island in the Eastern Hemisphere, and has a great diversity of coastal deltas and marine environments. The country has a fairly large water area of 3,120,000 km2, and a coastline of 17,000 km and agriculture, forestry and fisheries contribute 33% of its GDP (2008). While the number of people involved in fishing is not known, it has been estimated by the UNDP at about 2000 coastal village communities with a population of about 500,000 people.

Fishing activities among the smaller island communities is a key mode of subsistence-based survival, and research of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates that small-scale fisheries can provide up to 35% of the protein intake of these communities. The fisheries reflect this diversity, and include the harvesting of reef flats, spear fishing, shallow water hand-lining from dugout canoes along with other fishing methods. Yet, by far the largest fishery is the purse seine tuna fishery, caught by both local and foreign based vessels.

Marine catches are dominated by tuna and tuna-like species. As most Papua New Guineans live inland, half of the population engage in inland fishing activities, traditionally eel though the catch also includes a number of exotic species.

Most of the inland catch comes from the two major rivers, the Sepki/Ramu and the Fly/Purari, nearly exclusively fished on the artisanal level. The catch profile is largely tilapia, Java carp and rainbow trout. As most fishing occurs on a subsistence level, management is undertaken by local communities, and there are no formal objectives and measures for the inland sector.

Fisheries organisations in Papua New Guinea
Frabelle
Nako Fisheries Ltd
National Fisheries Authority
New Guinea Fisheries Ltd
PNG Fish Ltd
RD Tuna Canners Ltd
Star Fisheries Ltd
Yuwan Fisheries Ltd