14 Feb 2011

NZ fisheries course for Pacific trainees aimed at supporting industry in region

11:20 am on 14 February 2011

A group of Pacific people begin a 18 week course today on developing sustainable and profitble fishing operations in the Pacific.

The trainees are from Solomon Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Tokelau and Niue will be at the Nelson School of Marine Studies.

The group are taking part in the Pacific Fisheries Extension Officer course, which forms part of a wider package of support for Pacific Fisheries.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, says New Zealand is providing over US$380,000 in funding for the programme.

The course is the first of several vocational training opportunities New Zealand is looking to support in response to requests form the head of Pacific fisheries.