FISHERIES INFORMATION QUARTERLY REPORT 2015
DOMESTIC MARKET SURVEY REPORT 2014
FISHERIES INFORMATION QUARTERLY REPORT 2014
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS
Two training workshops on coastal fisheries surveys
for Fisheries Department staff
Training participants at Fisheries HQ
Two back-to-back training workshops involving staff from the Fisheries Department and Pacific Community (SPC) have just completed at Fisheries HQ. The first workshop, which ran over a period of two weeks, aimed to improve the skills of Fisheries Department staff in analysing creel survey data. A creel survey is a survey of a fisherman's or fisherwoman's catch, usually obtained at a landing site such as a boat ramp or wharf. Monitoring catches and fishing activities is an important component of assessing the health of a fishery and developing strategies to ensure sustainable harvests. Using survey data collected by the Fisheries Department from 2013–2015, participants learned how to analyse data to estimate average catches per fishing trip, average numbers of individual fishes or invertebrates caught, length of fishing trips, catch-per-unit-effort and annual total catches. "Knowing how to analyse the data collected from our creel survey program will help us verify the status of our fishery, understand what species are caught, in what numbers, and from what locations. This will allow Fisheries to better assess and monitor the status of Tonga's coastal fish populations, and make better-informed management decisions" said Dr. Siola'a Malimali, Deputy CEO of Fisheries.
NZ Aid in Support of Tonga Fisheries Department
Tonga Fisheries Department is grateful to acknowledge the receipts of 1 Toshiba Laptop computer and 1 Epson EB-S130 Data Projector donated by NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZ MFAT) through the New Zealand Aid Programme to support our Compliance Section.
Special Management Areas (SMA)
Lessons Learned Workshop, 14th – 16th October 2015
Community – Based Fisheries Management approach has been adopted and uses in the Kingdom of Tonga for the purposes of fisheries management and marine resources conservation. This approach is known in Tonga as the Special Management Area (SMA) program. The program launched in 2007 with one coastal community of 'O'ua . To date, 10 more communities have joined the program with about 20 more communities who have express interest to join the program.
Keeps an eye out forTonga High Quality
half-pearls comming in July 2016!!!
Over 200 oysters, grown locally on demonstration farms in Vava'u and on Pangaimotu, Fafa and Atata, have been seeded with nuclei during a series of workshops held by visiting expert Pranesh Kishore. They will spend the next 8 - 10 months in the demonstration farms producing around 600 half-pearls.
Regional Bech de mer Meeting, 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2015
Sea cucumbers throughout the Pacific are harvested, often by local communities, then dried and finally sold as bêche-de-mer (BdM) to largely Asian markets at very good prices (US$6-90 per kg ex-fishers). This fishery can, and has been, the second most important fishery in the Pacific after the tuna fishery. At its peak, it brought in US$24m worth of value to Pacific Islanders. For many local communities, it is an extremely important source of income in locations where there are few other options to earn money. Now, the fishery has collapsed in many countries and there are moratoria in place in some countries with the aim of trying to revive stocks.