Week-long Fisheries National Summit to focus on Resource Protection

A nine member team led by the Director General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency(FFA) -Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen are part of a week-long National Fisheries Summit and Strategic Development Opportunity Consultation that began yesterday. 

Dr Tupou-Roosen says they are here to listen and learn and see how they can provide their respective expertise and experience of how they can contribute to achieving Niue’s Vision of protecting their resources for its people. 

“It’s a privilege to be back in beautiful Niue and to assist in any way we can with growing the benefits from our tuna resources and overall in fact our fisheries resources and addressing the challenges,” she said.

Former Director General of Natural Resources and Advisor-Dr. Josie Tamate says the summit is focused on Niue fisheries and Development on bringing together the work they are doing to address Niue’s capacity and the resources and to ensure sustainability for food security and economic development for the nation. 

“We want to make sure that we do have the capacity and making sure our level of vunerability to all the challenges that we have a strategy to find a way to minimize these risk,” Dr. Tamate says.

Dr Tamate says there will be three days of discussion with key stakeholders and NGO’s with the hope that after the consultation there will be a Country Programme Agreement with FFA on what they can do to assist them, with a vision and a strategy moving forward especially with innovative options for Niue. 

Minister for Natural Resources-Honorable Mona Ainu’u, Common roll member Emani Lui and the Niue Fisheries Department staff were part of the opening session yesterday held at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries office.

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