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A shark fishery was established in 2003 and is presently operating under a National Shark Longline Management plan that was approved by the NFA Board in 2002 and gazetted on the 26th of June 2003. Nine vessels were licensed to fish for sharks since 2003 and this number was to be reviewed after two years when a review is done for the fishery.

Shark exports ranged from around 1867 tonnes valued at about 6.7 million kina in 2000; 1,776 tonnes valued at about 8.5 million kina in 2001; 1,451 tonnes valued at 6.6 kina in 2002 and 1,302 tonnes valued at about 4.9 million kina in 2003.

Crab fishery is a small but increasing fishery in PNG. At present, crab is an important subsistence fishery to the coastal communities along the estuarine mangrove habitats. The most common species often exported or sold at the local markets and restaurants is the mud crab (Scylla serratta). About 29.3mt of crabs were exported out from 1994 to 2001 with a total cumulative value of PGK 0.353 million. Most crabs were exported out of East New Britain, Milne Bay, National Capital District, New Ireland, and Western Provinces. They are either exported live, frozen or cooked.


Other fisheries resources of significant national or community interest include aquarium species, seaweed, trochus, giant clams and green snail. These resources are generally coastal resources and it is the intention of NFA to work with communities to establish effective management regimes to realise the potential of these fisheries.