PAFCO to get more fish through incentives
November 3, 2017 12:20 am
Fiji will need to provide incentives to neighbouring small island countries to encourage them to supply fish to the Pacific Fishing Company Agency (PAFCO) in Levuka.
This was highlighted by Permanent Secretary for Fisheries Sanaila Naiqali during his presentation to the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday.
The inconsistent supply of fish to PACFO was discussed at length between the Fisheries Ministry and the committee.
Naiqali says Fiji will have to provide incentives to match the current benefits the island countries are receiving from other countries.
“Fiji should offer them better opportunities that they could match against what they are currently facing.The issue of $450 FJD is seen as a barrier due to many reasons [across all species]w could be flexible on this and only set of the percentage of catch for value adding. An important thing to also note is that the vessel that fish in small islands development state waters are opting to transit in smaller ports rather than visiting Fiji due to the levy .”
Meanwhile, Naiqali also clarified that the fish levy of $450 per tonne is still in place however the offloading or supply of tuna to PAFCO is now VAT free.