Tamanikaisawa ready to face the sea

Press Release Posted On: May 7, 2024

Noeli Jack Tamanikaisawa

Noeli Jack Tamanikaisawa opened a new door of opportunities for himself after he successfully graduated from the Deckhand Fishing programme, sponsored by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)- Pacific at the Fiji National University’s (FNU) Pacific Centre for Maritime Studies (PCMS).

The 20-year-old said he had never been out at sea to work formally but had a lot of enthusiasm and passion to work on fishing vessels.

“I am happy that I have completed this programme, and this has equipped me with the right knowledge and skills that I can use to earn a living,” Tamanikaisawa said.

“I am grateful to my family, instructors, and sponsors for allowing me to complete this programme.”

The Pacific Centre for Maritime Studies (PCMS) celebrated the graduation of 15 deckhand fishing students in a ceremony. FNU Pro-Vice-Chancellor TVET and Chief Guest at the graduation, Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata, underscored the significance of the Deckhand Fishing Programme in addressing industry needs and fostering employability.

“Graduation day marks a significant milestone for these graduates as they transition into the maritime profession. Your upskilling here at PCMS not only enhances,” he said. WWF—Pacific’s Regional Conservation Director Hanna Helsingen commended the graduates on their hard work and dedication, emphasising the importance of integrating conservation principles into maritime education.

“This graduation ceremony celebrates your hard work, dedication, and steadfast support throughout your journeys. The partnership between partners has been instrumental in promoting sustainable fishing practices and environmental stewardship within the industry here in Fiji,” she said.