SNAP Fish Solomons, a locally owned fishing venture is pleased to collaborate with the women and girls from Sepi Village under the Sepi Women’s Fisheries Initiative Programme.
This programme was established in 2019 and it includes women and girls from Sepi village to involve in the fisheries sector.
Snap Fish Solomons was in consultation with the Sepi Womens in 2019 and an agreement was reached that resulted in a submission made to the Ministry of Commerce and Fisheries to support this village initiative.
Hence, the National Government had supported this submission and endorsed this in 2021. This week the equipments were received by Snap Fish Solomons on behalf of the programme.
This programme should enhance livelihood for fisher folks and their families at this time of pandemic.
However, Snap Fish Solomons is yet to get its exemption to ship fish into the city. It has developed its high standard ICP Action Cards to ensure no cross over and safe shipment of fish from outside Honiara.
In terms of the support the spokeswoman for the programme is excited and indicated that, “Women and girls from Sepi will no longer gut fish for pig food only; but will also involve meaningfully in the fisheries business.
For the last decade only men participated in fisheries and usually sell their fish at the Honiara Markets. Women were only involved in the gutting of fish, because they will use the fish guts to feed their pig.”
Today, under the Sepi Womens Fisheries Initiative, they will operate a business venture to fish or buy fish from fisher folks – and will complete the whole cycle, in handling, gutting and storage of the fish.
The statement from the Sepi Womens Fisheries Initiative programme added, “they will make formal arrangements with Buala as soon as travels are lifted.”
Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Fisheries, Ms Rosalie Masu is pleased to have supported this venture and hope to develop a cordial relationship with the Sepi Womens Fisheries Initiative.
On the same note, the Permanent Secretary for Commerce Mr Riley Mesepitu is glad that they have responded positively to this submission and we are glad to support a village womens fisheries initiative.
The CEO for Snap Fish Solomons, Mr Geoffery Goroa confirmed, A Solar Deep Freezer and 15 Horsepower OBM and eskies were loaded over the weekend onboard MV Vaka Solomone enroute for Sepi.