Despite aggressively dialogue between the department of fisheries, the National government and other relevant stakeholders as well as their overseas counterpart, the fish stock in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is being depleted at an alarming rate.
It is a known and oft quoted widely in PNG and overseas media and discussed fact that overfishing in the high seas and coastal areas in recent decades has resulted in fish stocks depleting precipitously, though there is rarely any agreement between various concerned parties of how much the decline has been in real terms.
“But there is no doubt that fish stock continues to be depleted despite measures and treaties that have been put in place. While such measures have helped raise awareness of the issue, success in curbing overfishing has been limited” reports Island Business.
The fact remains clear that the current situation in PNG, like anywhere else in the world is driven by demand and supply.
“As the world’s population increases and economic growth boosts affordability of more and more people to raise their living standards, the demand for protein based food increases.
Island Business, however warns that the demand is expected to grow even faster in the next few decades and the race to supply that demand will undoubtedly deplete resources further before the balance that is sought from sustainable farming practices begins to make any difference
The magazine made reference to a report published last year that depicts the seriousness of the situation in PNG.
“Last year, a report published in Port Vila titled Climate Change and Development Strategies for Coastal Communities of the Pacific Coral Triangle Countries, said Pacific islanders who have been surrounded by such a reliable protein source as fish face the grim prospect of importing it from distant foreign lands. That is the seriousness of the situation according to this report” says Island Business.