23 Oct 2017

Hopes Pacific states can learn from Iceland's fishing industry

4:16 pm on 23 October 2017

A delegate on a fisheries exchange to Iceland says Pacific nations should follow Iceland's example and maximise the value of their catch rather than rushing to catch more.

Large-scale and small-scale fishing in the waters off Madang in Papua New Guinea.

Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Iceland has developed from being one of the world's poorest countries to one of its richest on the back of it's fishing industry.

Pacific representatives travelled there this month to learn more about it's success.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community Fisheries Director Moses Amos said Iceland had introduced a quota system and ensured it received the full value out of the fish it did catch.

"They are using the skins for pharmaceutical purposes, they're drying the bones and the fish heads having it exported to Africa. He says the flesh is being exported, but also the guts is being used to process fishmeal for aquaculture purposes and also for their livestock."

Mr Amos said the biggest challenge for Pacific nations was to domesticate their fishing operations as Iceland had done.

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