Mr. Shigeaki Sone, OFCF/PMDC giant clam propagation expert and representing the OFCF overseas office for the Pacific based in Fiji, hands over key and registration of new Nissan Navara vehicle to BMR Director Leon E. Remengesau.

The Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR) received a brand new vehicle as assistance from the Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan in 2018 under the Fisheries Development Assistance to Pacific Island Nations (FDAPIN) program.

OFCF presented a new 2018 Nissan Navara 4WD Double Cab Pickup Truck with Camper Shell valued $45,000, to the Bureau’s Division of Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

According to BMR Director Leon Remengesau, the new pickup truck will be used by the BMR Maintenance and Engineering Shop which is the counterpart of the Japanese team of experts dispatched annually to repair and maintain the fishing base ice machines in the six state communities of Palau.

OFCF also donated $71,000 to the Republic of Palau for the purchase of one new commercial ice machine for Kayangel State ($55,000) and for the maintenance and parts ($16,000) of additional ice makers located in the other five States.

The original ice machine in Kayangel, also provided by OFCF in 1996, was still in good shape but the replacement provided by the OFCF at the end of 2018 uses an environmentally friendly refrigerant with a low ozone depletion potential and has a production capacity of up to 1,500 pounds of ice per 24 hours.

The ice machines located around the Republic allow fishermen to better preserve the quality of their catch. In total, the OFCF graciously supplied $116,000 in FDAPIN assistance to BMR and the Republic of Palau last year. (PR)