Sunday, November 08, 2009

Plans afoot to build fisheries facility in Oro Bay

By UNRE Public Relations

PLANS are afoot to build a fisheries facility at the PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment Popondetta Campus.

Plans are to have this facility built at Oro Bay where the university has about one to two hectares of undeveloped land.

Campus director Jack Lapauve said he was keen on seeing this land developed and therefore had already assigned a lecturer to survey it.

Mr Lapauve said tentative plans were to put up a shelter that could house basic things like fishing gear and outboard motors and dinghies.

He said this facility was vital as it would enable the students to put into practice what they learn in the classrooms.

He said to make these plans a reality, it would require finance.

However, he said he was confident that with a good proposal, the university would be able to secure funding support.

“I really want to see that land being developed and therefore I am prepared to do

whatever it takes,” Mr Lapauve said.

“I am confident that with a good proposal we will be able to secure funding not only from the government but from other donor agencies.”

Mr Lapauve said the establishment of the facilities would go a long way in ensuring the campus was self-reliant.

“…whatever the students are able to catch will be put into the mess and the surplus can then be sold to the public or private entities here,” he said.

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