THE National Fisheries Authority (NFA) and Papua New Guinea customs have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to boost border protection and curb illegal imports such as canned tuna which evade boarder authorities.

NFA managing director Sylvester Pokajam said that this historical signing would pave the way forward for the two government agencies to pursue their objectives.

Customs Commissioner Ray Paul said the agreement was long overdue and it would have a bigger impact on the boarder especially to deal with fisheries matters.

“Working in partnership with NFA would ease a lot of workload,” he said.

Mr Paul said joint operations would enforce security issues and solve some of socio-economic development problems in the country as a result of illegal trade that existed in the past.

He further thanked NFA for funding local fisheries projects through the Project Development Fund Scheme.