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Philippines And PNG Engage In High-Level Talks On Tuna Fishery Coop

The Philippines and Papua New Guinea negotiate a bilateral agreement aimed at fostering fishery cooperation, said Malacañang.

Press Secretary Cerge M. Remonde said President Gloria M. Arroyo are discussing the agreement during Prime Minister Michael Somare’s four-day stay in the country starting last Saturday.

“The Philippines and Papua New Guinea are members of the so-called Coral Triangle Initiative countries. A joint venture of fisheries will be discussed during the state visit,” he said.

Indonesia, East Timor, Malaysia, and the Solomon Islands are also part of a multilateral alliance to preserve the Coral Triangle environment. All in all, the area spans 6.5 million square kilometers and is home to over 600 reef-building corals and various fish species.