Technical support, training, liaison services and financial assistance
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, free training courses are provided for fishermen to upgrading their skills and updating their fisheries knowledge which may assist them to develop or switch over to sustainable operations.
Training courses recently organized:
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.
The Sustainable Fisheries Development Fund has been set up to fund projects that would facilitate the sustainable development of the fisheries industry, including the capture fisheries.
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: