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Sustainable management of sport fisheries for communities in Papua New Guinea

Project Code: FIS/2013/015
Program: Fisheries
Research Program Manager: Dr. Ann Fleming
Project Leader: Marcus Sheaves - James Cook University
MAR 2014
SEP 2018
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
National Fisheries Authority


This project helped the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority, the Tourism Promotion Authority, and business and community groups develop and manage an expanded sport fishery.

Locally based sport fisheries in Papua New Guinea could provide stable alternative livelihoods for poor coastal villagers. The industry would provide income to improve food security, and build community resilience to climate change and fluctuations in commodity prices.

This project conducted the research needed to develop a sustainable and resilient locally based sport-fishing industry. It examined the ecology and biology of Black Bass sport-fish resources, and devised protocols to maximise long-term industry viability.

It also investigated potential livelihood costs and benefits and determined the commercialisation needs of a sport-fishing industry in Papua New Guinea.