Technical support and training
To improve the competitiveness and efficiency of the local capture fisheries, technical advice is provided on construction, equipping and maintenance of fishing vessels.
To help fishermen qualify to command and operate the engines and ancillary equipment of fishing vessels, flexible training courses are provided to cope with the limited time that working fishermen can devote to upgrading their skills.
The following courses are conducted according to demand:
Liaison with the fishing industry is mainly carried out through frequent contacts and regular liaison programme with fishermen organizations and individual fishermen. Through these liaison channels, the department maintains close communication with the fishing community and provides advice and assistance related to fisheries to the fishermen. Liaison Offices are set up at Aberdeen, Shau Kei Wan, Castle Peak, Tai Po, Sai Kung and Cheung Chau.
The department provides low interest loans to fishermen to help them switch to other sustainable operations and to meet operational needs from four fisheries loan funds, namely The Fish Marketing Organization Loan Fund, The Fisheries Development Loan Fund, The World Refugee Year Loan Fund and The Co-operative for American Relief Everywhere Loan Fund. Emergency Relief Fund is also made available to help fishermen to rehabilitate their business after natural disasters.
Sustainable fisheries and related operations
The department assists fishermen to switch to sustainable fisheries and related operations through the provision of the following services and technical support:
Liaise with Mainland and foreign fisheries authorities and agencies to obtain information on sustainable fisheries and related operations such as offshore fishing, deep sea fishing, recreational fishing, aquaculture, fish processing and disseminate the information to fishermen;
Assess proposals from fishermen and advise on their feasibility;
Provide technical advice to fishermen on vessel construction, modification and other technical matters;
Arrange suitable training courses and study tours for interested fishermen to acquire the necessary knowledge and technique and to explore development potential; and
Provide low interest loans to support sustainable development proposals.
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