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Morgado Square Marine Managed Area
by National Fisheries Authority (Government)
Morgado Square is Closed from deployment of Fish Aggregating Devices and any fishing activities throughout any given licensing period. It is a very important stock recruitment ground and grow out area for tropical tuna species in the Western Pacific. It was Gazetted in G436 of 25th September 2014.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
December 2030
To control the early harvesting of juvenile tuna.
December 2030
To protect the ecosystem from unsustainable fishing activities.
December 2030
To guarantee re-stocking of important tropical tunas in the Western Pacific region.
December 2030
To achieve SDGs on sustainable management and development of fisheries resources for food security and poverty alleviation.
Financing (in USD)
30,000 USD
Other, please specify
Papua New Guinea Defense Force Maritime Element - National Surveillance Center
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical fisheries officers from National Fisheries Authority
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2015 - December 2030
National Fisheries Authority, Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, PNG Fishing Industry Association, Manus Provincial Administration.
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Marshall Islands
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Other beneficaries
Membership of Parties to the Nauru Agreement
Contact information
John Kasu, Managing Director, nfa@fisheries.gov.pg, 6753090461
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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