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OFCF PARTNERSHIP

The Coastal Division oversees a significant amount of infrastructure that supports domestic fisheries and aquaculture development. The Coastal Division oversees a significant amount of infrastructure that supports domestic fisheries and aquaculture development. Regular maintenance and repair work is essential to the operation of Coastal Division fish market vessels, MIMRAprovided fishing boats on remote outer islands, fish bases that support coastal commercial fishing on outer islands, radio communications linking the OIFMC and KAFMC with outer islands fishers, and outer island aquaculture hatcheries.

FY2017 was no different from the previous year, with ongoing work to maintain this domestic fishing infrastructure.

A key for MIMRA for over 25 years has been its partnership with the Japan Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation (OFCF). OFCF launched a Fisheries Development Assistance for Pacific Island Nations (FDAPIN) project in 1992 in the Marshall Islands. Starting in 1995, FDAPIN II was implemented for five years, consisting of assistance ranging from repairs and restoration of fisheries related facilities to skills,

technology and knowledge being transferred to MIMRA staff. Each year, during the annual OFCF Japan/Pacific Island Nations Fisheries Directors Meeting on Fisheries Cooperation, OFCF receives requests from each country for FDAPIN projects.
After conducting field surveys and consultation with each government, the scope of the projects are developed andare followed by a drafting and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and Implementation Plan.

In 2017, the following MIMRA requests were implemented:Replacement and repair of KAFMC radio network system
  • Maintenance and repair of MIMRA transport vessels
  • Maintenance and repair of MIMRA ice plants
  • Provision of advise for managementof MIMRA fish bases on outer islands.
In addition to maintenance work on ice plants and transport vessels, MIMRA requested assistance for repair of its crane truck, and maintenance and repair of Arno Atoll Giant Clam Hatchery.

In addition to OFCF support for needed maintenance programs, MIMRA’s budget provided funding to ensure that dry-dock and maintenance service for all MIMRA fish transport vessels was conducted in 2017. This included the vessels Jolok, Timur, Jebro, Lentanir and Laintok.

The Coastal Division assisted with numerous other maintenance needs in support of local fishing operations:
  • Repairs to three community boats onouter Islands
  • Maintenance and repair on the Wotje and Namu fish bases
  • Maintenance and repair of ice machines and outboard engines for outer islands
  • Maintenance and repair on Arno Island fish base and Ine Island sub-fish base
  • Building repairs to Majuro facilities
  • Maintenance and repair at OIFMC, including ice machines and refrigeration
  • Regular OIFMC equipment maintenance and inspection
  • Maintenance and repair on Loto Giant Clam Hatchery on Likiep Atoll, including raceway tank maintenance
  • Assistance to Likiep Atoll Aquaculture Association with raceway tank construction
  • Maintenance and repair on Woja Hatchery in Majuro including building repairs and ground clearing for proposed new tanks
  • Maintenance and repair on Arno Giant Clam Hatchery.
In addition, Coastal Division mechanics provided vehicle maintenance and repairs for eight MIMRA vehicles.