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Japanese fishing surveys in Papua and New Guinea

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FOR PRESS 70/103




(Statement by the Minister for External Territories, the Hon. C. E. Barnes, M.P.)

The Minister for External Territories, Mr Barnes announced today that two more Japanese -Australian joint venture companies would conduct surveys for Skipjack Tuna in Papua and New Guinea waters.

Mir Barnes said the two new ventures were in addition to a twelve-month survey begun in March this year by the Gollin Kyokuyo Fishing Company off New Ireland.

The other companies now beginning surveys were Nichimen Company (AT E ; Z) Pty. Ltd. and Kaigai Cyog r

) o KK which would operate from Rabaul and C. Itoh (Aust. Pty. Ltd. which would be based on Manus Island.

The conditions of survey licences issued to the three companies were the same. Each would put forward propositions on future commercial operations after twelve months.

Agreements with the Companies provided for maximum participation in ventures by the people of Papua and New Guinea including employment and training in business management and skills of tuna fishing.

Future proposals would include provisions for training of indigenous crews, local equity partic-ipation and the establishment of shore-based training facilities.

The C Itch fleet was expected in Rabaul on 21 Dec on route for Lorengau. The Nichimen fleet was expected. at Rabaul about 20 Dec.

The C Itoh fleet would consist initially of a mother ship, Eiryu Maru and four other vessels.

The Nichimen fleet would consist of two mother ships, No. .1 Kaisei Maru and No 3 Seishuu Maru and seven other vessels.

CANBERRA A.C.T. PORT MORESBY T.P.N.G. 11 December 1970