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Fishing company remains positive

Dawn Gibson
Monday, February 03, 2014

FISHING company Hangton Pacific Company Limited remains positive about Fiji's struggling tuna industry.

According to general manager Jitendra Mohan, fishing companies are operating at a loss.

"It's a fact, every fishing company is operating at a loss today, but Hangton's past practice and stringent management measures are helping us ride these difficult times because our bankers have confidence in us," Mr Mohan said.

"The situation's tough but we have to find tangible solutions."

He said as a company, they did not rely completely on tuna fishing and, therefore, were trying to maintain a positive outlook.

"We don't rely 100 per cent on fishing alone, and while some vessels are good some in deficit, but overall the company, we are in positive.

"The current situation is beyond anyone's control, the industry is facing a natural phenomenon, we just have to wait and wait."

Mr Mohan said while it was normal practice for them to tie up some of their vessels at around this time of the year, this year had proven to be the worst.

"Very hard to predict what's going to happen come late March or early April when we expect the catch to improve."

Earlier this month, tuna fishing companies — Fiji Fish Marketing Group and Solander Pacific Limited — laid off workers as a result of the tuna dilemma.