Papua New Guinea: Plan for Chinese fisheries park on Daru Island sparks overfishing concern in local villages and raises alarm in Canberra
"Papua New Guinea politician criticises Australia's reaction to Chinese fisheries park" 26 January 2021
A Papua New Guinean governor has criticised Australia's response to a plan to establish a Chinese fisheries park on PNG's border, saying Australia wants the "status quo" of poverty in the region to remain.
In November last year, the Papua New Guinean Government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to look at building a $200 million "comprehensive multi-functional fishery industrial park" on Daru Island, which borders the Torres Strait.
The proposal has raised alarm in Australia about national security and potential overfishing in the region.
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Torres Strait Islander leaders have said they are "incredibly nervous" about the proposal.
It has also sparked concern in local villages around Daru, where people make their living and feed their families from fishing.
Many are worried the Chinese development will "vacuum" up local seafood and deplete fishing stocks and they say they are yet to be consulted on the proposal.
However, some on the island have said they would support the project in the hope it would deliver much-needed jobs and money. [...]