Tuna Fishing Company in Port Vila is expected to export 40 to 60 tons of tuna each month.
This was revealed by owner of the company, Mr Christopher Emelee, during a recent visit by Acting Minister for Fisheries, Marcellino Pipite.
Emelee said the company therefore needs the support of the government as this is the first time for a local company to export raw fish to overseas markets.
The first shipment of 15 tons was exported last week to Hawaii, Japan and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Pipite said the project was seen as an environmental hazard by the local authorities but today the local company is doing really well in managing its resources and equipment to ensure the export process is controlled and meets standard.
The minister said that the present government is very supportive on projects like the Tuna Fishing Project which is really boosting the fishing industry of the country and especially by boosting the exportation of Vanuatu tuna to overseas market.
“It’s about time for Vanuatu to export its own fish to overseas market and for this reason as Acting Minister for fisheries I have taken the decision to instruct relevant authorities to ensure that Vanuatu has its own label on all fish being exported,” explained Pipite.
He made the revelation during a familiarization visit to Tuna Fishing Company where he inspected the process of the exportation of tuna.