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Justice Cannings starts human rights proceedings on Madang fish ban

The ban on fish sales was imposed after a spill at the MCC owned Basamuk refinery

The National aka The Loggers Times | January 13, 2020

MADANG resident judge Justice David Cannings has started a human rights proceeding on his own initiative to inquire into the fish ban in the province.

He summoned the provincial administrator and the managing director of the National Fisheries Authority to appear in the National Court on Jan 31.

This is to determine who imposed the ban, under what law it was imposed, were there any proven scientific reasons for continuing the ban, and will any person’s human rights be infringed by the continuation of the ban.

He said the purpose of the inquiry was to determine the validity of the ban and whether to lift the ban to restore normalcy in the survival routine of the coastal people of Madang.

People living in the coastal areas of Madang who rely on the sea for income and food are being affected by the ban imposed by the provincial government last October.

The provincial government banned the harvesting, selling, purchasing and production of marine resources from the waters of Madang after a reported slurry spill on Aug 24 at the Ramu NiCo Basamuk Refinery.

The provincial fisheries authority on Oct 16 declared the waters around the province and the fish safe.

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PNG National Fisheries Authority concerned with seabed mining

EMTV / PACNEWS

The National Fisheries Authority in Papua New Guinea has again expressed its concerns over seabed mining in the country.

And its concerns is based on the unavailability of proper legislation in the country, said Managing Director of NFA Sylvester Pokajam.

Rather more awareness should be carried out to educate the people on the impacts of the project, Pokajam told EMTV News.

The controversial seabed mining Solwara one project to be carried out by Nautilus Minerals has been approved by the government. But it has generated a lot of debate from concerned Papua New Guineans and organizations.

Many of the concerns are based on the fact, that Papua New Guinea will be the first country in the world to experiment with this project, without any proper laws governing its operation.

The potential impacts on marine life are said to be minimal, but that has not stopped the National Fisheries authority to query the project.

Pokajam hinted possible risks to the growing fisheries sector with the onset of the project, and wants proper feasibility and environmental assessment carried out to ascertain the benefits of the project.

Commercial Manager to Parties to the Nauru Agreement Maurice Brownjohn said it will become a growing problem to regional fisheries if no proper awareness is carried out.

He said, environmental aspects may be small but perception will be the biggest problem because of misunderstanding.

The issue of sustainable fisheries will one of the key issues discussed in the Pacific Tuna forum, and seabed mining will be highlighted.

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National Fisheries Authority Concerned About Seabed Mining

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Managing Director of NFA Sylvester Pokajam said the government should not allow it to proceed as there are no legislations on it. Rather more awareness should be carried out to educate the people on the impacts of the project.

The controversial seabed mining Solwara one project to be carried out by Nautilus Minerals has been approved by the government. But it has generated a lot of debate from concerned Papua New Guineans and organizations.

Many of the concerns are centered based on the fact, that Papua New Guinea will be the first country, in the world to experiment with this project, without any proper laws governing its operation.

The potential impacts there are on the marine life are said to be minimal, but that has not stopped the National Fisheries authority to querying the project.

Mr. Pokajam hinted possible risks to the growing fisheries sector with the onset of the project, and wants proper feasibility and environmental assessment carried out to ascertain the benefits of the project.

Commercial Manager to Parties to the Nauru Agreement Maurice Brownjohn said it will become a growing problem to regional fisheries if no proper awareness is carried out.

He said, environmental aspects may be small but perception will be the biggest problem because of misunderstanding.

The issue of sustainable fisheries will one of the key issues discussed in the Pacific Tuna forum, and seabed mining will be highlighted.

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