Fresh Fish Company’s Timothy Vaikai purchasing fish from fisherman Fred Thompson. 21040105
Timothy Vaikai from the Fresh Fish Company is going to the Mauritius Islands in Africa to learn how other fisheries do business.
The exchange programme is spearheaded by the
Pacific Islands Forum to help build trade between Pacific Island nations and
The programme is focused on private sector
representation from the fisheries industry in the region.
Vaikai said it would create an opportunity to
talk with other Pacific fisheries businesses and help develop the industry.
“We’re looking forward to learning about
how the other Pacific nations are faring and how they manage,” Vaikai said.
Vaikai said he wanted to see what practices
could be implemented in the Cook Islands.
“We get to gather there and we get to bounce back ideas not just with
delegates here in the Pacific but also with all the way across the world in
Africa and see how they deal with their fisheries over there.
“I’m sure they’ve done a lot on their side of the world that we can
learn from, so that’s what we look forward to finding out.”
Vaikai said there had been local challenges in
the fisheries industry.
“There is no fish at the moment, of course we are getting catches here
and there but in regards to the demand that the country needs to continually
operate throughout the year we don’t have that here in our waters, we’re all
“So the fish will really pick up from November to March but
then it drops down, how can we overcome that? What are some things that we can
do to mitigate that?
“This is why this conference is so timely because we can see how the
other countries are doing, we could even start establishing trade with other
Vaikai said this could mean importing fish in the
off season and exporting in our high season.
“It is normal that there is less fish but it’s not normal in that we
should be seeing other species of fish coming which is not really happening.”
Vaikai is the only “small operator” part of this programme, the rest are
large commercial operators.
“It’s a really good invite in that I’m not going to visit another
replica of myself, we’re going to be bouncing of ideas from people of all
Vaikai was selected by the Chamber of
Commerce to represent Cook Islands in this programme. The conference starts on
October 16 and will be held for 11 days.