Tauhunu Fishing Association president Papa Pakai Eziekiela received the gift on behalf of his organisation.
“Take our appreciation and thanks to the executive of the Cook Islands Fishing Association for thinking of us and for you for coming to visit us regularly so we are informed on what is happening around the country.
“You can take back our news and (tell them) what we are doing.”
Wichman, who is visiting the northern Cook Islands on various assignments, said the village was preparing raw materials to support their Maire Maeva Nui team which was expected to travel to Rarotonga in July for the 53rd Constitution celebrations.
Over the last two years, Tauhunu Fishing has received fishing aggregation device support and installation from the Ministry of Marine Resources, safety and fishing gear, a walk-in chiller, blast freezers, and help with fishing techniques and training.
Wichman’s visit ties in with the Cook Islands Fishing Association’s aim to review their strategic directions since 2014 and set another medium-term strategic plan.
The Cook Islands Fishing Association is an umbrella non-government organisation representing 17 affiliated fishing association members.