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Sustainable management of sport fisheries for communities in Papua New Guinea

This project will help the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority, the Tourism Promotion Authority, and business and community groups to 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 will conduct the research needed to develop a sustainable and resilient locally based sport-fishing industry. It will examine the ecology and biology of Black Bass sport-fish resources and devise protocols to maximise long-term industry viability. It will also investigate potential livelihood costs and benefits and determine the commercialisation needs of a sport-fishing industry in Papua New Guinea.