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Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development - Kiribati Government


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The Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources Development | Tarawa is dedicated to achieving a sustainable and vibrant economy for the people of Kiribati. As the lead agency for implementing the objectives of the Kiribati Development Plan, the Ministry plays a key role in the development of fisheries and marine resources. Historically, offshore fisheries licensing has been a primary source of income for the government, but the Ministry has expanded its activities to create a more robust and sustainable basis for fisheries access rents.

In addition to licensing, the Ministry has introduced support programs such as Te Waa n Oo and the Boats and Engine project to assist artisanal fishermen and local fishing communities. The establishment of Kiribati Fish Limited has brought fishery development to the shores of Kiribati, providing employment opportunities and processing skills to the local community. Joint ventures have also been established to increase onshore development and diversify fishery products.

Recognizing the importance of onshore facilities, the Ministry has set up a fully operational Seafood Verification Division, which will enhance fish export production and access potential markets, including the European Union. Despite challenging fishing conditions, the Ministry has achieved significant access revenue through amendments to fishing access agreements and license conditions. To monitor and control fishing activities, the Ministry has implemented a full observer coverage program for licensed purse seine fishing vessels, and plans to expand the program in the coming years.

This has strengthened the country's ability to carry out surveillance within its Exclusive Economic Zones. Moreover, the Ministry is committed to ensuring the proper protection and conservation of oceans and marine resources through strategic and sustainable measures. With achievements such as the completion of Kiribati's Maritime Boundaries and ongoing efforts to develop marine use regulations and amendments to the Fisheries Act, the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources Development | Tarawa is dedicated to securing a prosperous future for Kiribati's oceans and marine resources.

For more information about their initiatives and events, visit their website or contact them via phone or email


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