‘Fleet cannot sustain PAFCO demand’

Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau having a light moment with Professor Biman Prasad during the morning parliament session break. Picture: RAMA

FIJI’S fleet cannot sustain Pacific Fishing Company Ltd’s (PAFCO) albacore demand, which is the main tuna species that is being manufactured at PAFCO by Bumble Bee, Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau told Parliament.

Mr Koroilavesau said the Ministry of Fisheries had put up plans to secure raw tuna for PAFCO with support of line agencies and partners.

“Apart from working closely with Bumble Bee and Fong Chung Formosa (FCF), the Ministry of Fisheries has mapped out plans looking to have a robust future for tuna supply,” he said.

He said there was a need to attract more fishing vessels to come to Fiji and unload more tuna for PAFCO and other value-adding companies.

“We are working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the negotiations to ship some of the tuna down to Fiji which will then resupply PAFCO.”

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