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Principal Hugh Walton said Leilani was the only boat currently owned and operated by the NFC.
“It’s a training vessel,” he explained.
“It was built about 12-14 years ago in
“It’s meant to trawl and also to troll, and also to longline and work pot with a line handler, as well as fish deep bottom for snapper.
“It’s a general purpose training vessel and multi-purpose vessel.”
Fisheries and marine resources degree and diploma students, basic observer, post-harvest operations and commercial fishing operations benefit from Leilani.
“For students, we use the vessel for a number of purposes such as navigation and seamanship, vessel safety and practical fishing,” Mr Walton said
“We also use Leilani as a base for training and delivery.
“We put a new engine in Leilani last year, so we gave her a new lease on life.”
Mr Walton said the NFC was about to refurbish a pole and line fishing vessel for trawl fishing.