Republished from Radio New Zealand, 23 July 2019\

Japan is giving Solomon Islands aid to support its fisheries development programmes.

In an agreement signed on Monday, Japan is providing $US1.76 million so the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources can buy equipment to support development of fisheries and the management of coastal resources.

Under the Solomons National Development Scheme, fisheries is recognised as a key sector for food security and economic development.

The aid will also help the country deal with threats from over-fishing and illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.