PALIKIR, Pohnpei—Through the Kizuna (special bond) between the People and Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the People and Government of Japan, the latter has donated $3,700,000 to the FSM to support the FSM Fisheries & Maritime Institute. The purpose of the grant is to provide a training vessel, training equipment, and upgrades to the institute’s facilities.
Both the FSM Department of Education and the College of Micronesia-FSM worked with the Embassy of Japan to complete and submit the grant application.
The Fisheries & Maritime Institute is located in Yap State, where it offers courses in Navigation, Marine Engineering, and Fishing Technology. These programs are offered in accordance with the standards and requirements of the International Convention on Standards & Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers, 1978, as Amended (STCW Convention). The FSM became a party to the STCW Convention on October 14th, 1998.