PNG to reconsider tuna fishing rules
The Philippines has prodded Papua New Guinea (PNG) to review the latter’s new rules on requiring foreign tuna firms to process their catch in its ports, amove that will severely disrupt the Philippines’ local tuna fishing industry.
In a Facebook post, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said President Rodrigo Duterte has sought for PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s leniency towards the Philippine fishing companies amid the Oceanian country’s demands for foreign firms to process their tuna catch in its ports where Flipinos have established four of the six existing processing plants in PNG.
Such a move will massively impact the local tuna fishing industry as bulk of the country’s tuna production, sourced from the Western Pacific, is processed in the plants of General Santos City.
“Many of our people in the South will lose jobs and this is where we are grappling with the problem of insurgency and terrorism,” saiad Piñol, quoting Duterte in his dialogue with O’Neill.
The Agriculture chief said the PNG chief promised to review the new fishing regulations.