Welcome to The National Fisheries Authority of Papua New Guinea Website - "Effectively Managing our Fisheries and Marine Resources for Sustainable and Equitable Benefits"

Prawn BioEconomic Research Project Minimize

Project Title: Economic Performance and Management of the Gulf of Papua Prawn Fishery (GoPPF).

Project Description

This bioeconomic research project involves a careful analytical assessment of the economics of the GoPPF along with alternative management options and the impact of a small boat (inshore) fishery in the GoPPF. The goal of this research project is to determine the effort and catch level that both maximizes the social rate of return to the fishery and guarantees that the prawn fishery industry survives and is profitably maintained at sustainable levels. Recommendations on the suitable management approach, including a cost recovery of the management system will be provided for the GoPPF and hence forming the basis of proper management of all of Papua New Guinea’s fisheries resources.

The main objectives of the project are to :

  • To understand the financial, biological and economic characteristics of the Gulf of Papua prawn fishery.
  • To conduct a bioeconomic analysis to assess the economic performance of the fishery and to determine the optimal level of effort and catch to maximize sustainable fishery returns and promote efficiency, thus improving the well being of the people of PNG through proper management of its natural fisheries resources.
  • To quantify and assess various management regimes for the control of the fishery, including devices for an efficient cost recovery management program.
  • To assess the impact of a possible small boat (inshore) fishery on the fishery as a whole.
  • To build research capacity for continued economic research and management of fisheries resources in PNG.

Project Outline of the Economic Component.

Proponent’s name:

Dr Tom Kompas

Phone:

02 6125 6566

Fax:

02 6125 5570

Email:

tom.kompas@anu.edu.au

Proponent’s organisation:

Asia Pacific School of Economics and ManagementNational Centre for Development StudiesAustralian National University

   
Administrative Contact: Australian Commissioned Organisation / Commissioned IARC
Title and Name Ms Jennie Colman
Position Executive Assistant
Organisation National Centre for Development Studies
Phone 02 6125 0131
Fax 02 6125 5448
Email jennie.colman@anu.edu.au
Postal Address National Centre for Development StudiesAustralian National UniversityCrawford BuildingCanberra, ACT 0200
   
Project Leader: Partner Country
Title and Name Ronald Kuk
Position Fisheries Economist
Organisation National Fisheries Authority
Phone (675) 309 0444
Fax (675) 320 2061
Email rkuk@fisheries.gov.pg
Postal Address PNG National Fisheries AuthorityP.O. Box 2016Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Street Address 11th Floor, Deloitte TowerPort Moresby,National Capital DistrictPapua New Guinea
Administrative Contact: Australian Commissioned Organisation / Commissioned IARC
Title and Name Ms Jennie Colman
Position Executive Assistant
Organisation National Centre for Development Studies
Phone 02 6125 0131
Fax 02 6125 5448
Email jennie.colman@anu.edu.au
Postal Address National Centre for Development StudiesAustralian National UniversityCrawford BuildingCanberra, ACT 0200
   
Project Funding Organisation: Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Project Duration: 3 years
Proposed Start Date: July 2003
Total Funding $246,727
Proposed Finish Date: June 2006

Implementation Status to date.

  1. Preparation of data gathering and collation questionnaire. A standard format questionnaire has been compiled to gather the economic data from the industry (vessels) that would be used on all consultations' during the survey. The questionnaire has been completed and was scheduled till end of July 2004.
  2. Liaison with the prawn industry and government institutions. Notice to the prawn vessel owners, registrar of companies (IPA) and the IRC revenue management division (exports) formally informing them of this project's requirements and seek their cooperation have been sent out. A workshop was also held at Loloata from 2nd to 3rd December 2003 regarding the project and all those involved in the project, including ACIAR, CSIRO, ANU, NFA and the industry (vessels) representatives participated and are fully aware of the project. The project’s Assistant Economic Research Officer is currently liaising with the prawn industry (operators) to collect and collate required data that are useful in simulating the bioeconomic model. Data collection and collation is nearing completion the Assistant Economic Research Officer is currently entering some data that have been gathered from relevant government institutions and the industry. The timeframe allocated for data collection and collation is by end of July 2004 and that has been taken into account by the Assistant Economic Research Officer, but due to the slow response of the industry (operators), the timeframe looks very limited.
  3. Recruitment of a Research Assistant. A Research Assistant - Economics has been recruited to support the economics component on full time basis on the collection and collation of bioeconomic data for the economic modeling. He will be on a short-term consultancy basis with ACIAR, NFA, ANU, CSIRO and the industry. He is currently assisting the PNG Project Leader and the NFA Projects Co-ordinator in liaising with the prawn industry. Liaison with IPA, IRCC, NFA and 42% of the prawn industry have been completed and relevant data are in the process of being entered by the Assistant Economic Research Officer. The timeframe given for the completion of this requirement was beginning of August 2004 and this is on target.
  4. Assessment of the profitability of the GoPP Fishery. The estimation of key parameters to calibrate the bioeconomic model and assess the profitability of the fishery is currently at its preparatory stage and has been scheduled till end of April 2004.
  5. Bioeconomic Model Simulation. The project is yet to simulate the bioeconomic model, industry structure, profitability, and fishery rate of return and is also yet to incorporate updated biological information into the NFA database. This has yet to commence and has been scheduled till end of June 2005.
  6. Development of management and policy options. Evaluation of optional management tools and estimation of the impact on fishery rate of return and industry structure is also a focus of this project. To date this has not yet commenced and has been scheduled till end of October 2005.
  7. Assessment of impact of a small boat (inshore) fishery. This project will also standardize the bioeconomic and industry model to account for an inshore fishery the GPPF that will be used to analyse the impact of a small boat (inshore) fishery and explore appropriate management options. This component of the project has been scheduled till end of December 2005 and has not yet commenced

 

  
spacer
dummy