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Happy 47th Independence, Papua New Guinea

The President & Chairman of the Fishing Industry Association (PNG) Inc., Mr. Sylvester Barth Pokajam, its members and stakeholders join the people and the Government in celebrating the 47th Independence Anniversary our beloved country, Papua New Guinea.

The Fishing Industry Association and its members have embarked on a journey to become the world's best industry advocates for fisheries management and reputable business, social welfare and promoting sustainable development of our renewable fisheries and marine resources. FIA was also able to secure a reputable Marine Stewardship Council Certification (MSC Certification Scheme) ECO label for PNG in 2020, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fishing Industry and its members are aspired to continue this work and we are proud of our Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) upon which rests our four (4) pillars.

  1. Sustainable Fisheries Management (Marine Stewardship Council Certification)

  2. Social Responsibility and Human Rights Welfare (FISH Standard)

  3. Marine Litter and Fishing Gear (Mitigation) and;

  4. Fisheries Traceability (Integrated-Fisheries Information Management System)

FIA-PNG and its members acknowledge the growing expectation of social accountability compliance. FIA-PNG ensures all its members in the tuna industry. bot fishing operation and shore-based processing operations in PNG, implements social accountability assessment process (action plans per company). FIA has also embarked on a journey to adopt the FISH Standard (Fairness, Integrity, Safety, and Health (FISH) and "Responsible Fishing Vessel Scheme" (RFVS_ which focuses on fair and ethical labour practices on board fishing vessels. Both FISH Standard and RFVS support Goal 8 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which promotes sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work of all. The FISHstandard and RFVS draw on the experiences of those who helped develop international agreements on labour practices which FIA-PNG members aspire to emulate in their operations.

FIA-PNG supports gender equity, diverse and inclusive participation as its corporate social responsibility best practices. In the PNG processing factories, the FIA PNG members employ between 70% to 80% of women directly involved in the tuna processing from butchering, cooking, cleaning, canning, and packing. In addition, between 5% to 10% are the supervisory and management level. Women in PNG provide an important labour force, an important backbone for the tuna sector. FIA-PNG supports the course for Gender Equity leads to Gender Equality and embraced the theme #BreakTheBias of International Women's Day. 2022. and our FIA-PNG members are proud to be part of the fishing industry and a seafood supply chain that promotes Gender Equity to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

We pay our tributes to our founding fathers, and the fisheries sector and the fishing industry attributes in our lifetime to develop this sector as one of the key economic development cornerstones of the country to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

On this note, under the stewardship and promotion of taking back PNG it is a conversation that we envisage to speak volumes as we continue our journey as a state that is thriving globally.

May God Bless PNG!


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