FISHERIES INFORMATION QUARTERLY REPORT 2015
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Royal Agricultural, Fisheries and Tonga-made Show 2016
Niuatoputapu - Wednesday 27 July 2016
Niuafo'ou - Thursday 28 July 2016
Vava'u - Saturday 30 July 2016
Ha'apai - Wednesday 3 August 2016
'Eua - Saturday 6 August 2016
Tongatapu - Friday & Saturday 12 & 13 August 2016
26 August 2016: The CITES Secretariat is pleased to welcome the Kingdom of Tonga as the 183rd Party to CITES.
The “Friendly Islands” of Tonga are situated in Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean, and stretch over approximately 800 kilometres from north to south. The archipelago consists of around 176 islands, 36 of which are inhabited. Its closest neighbours are Fiji to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast and Vanuatu to the west.
Tonga is home to a variety of fauna and flora, 400 species of which are included in the CITES Appendices. Most of these are marine species including sea turtles, sharks, corals and giant clams, but the country is also host to a small number of CITES-listed mammals, birds and reptiles and orchids.
The Convention will enter into force for Tonga on 20 October 2016.
FAO Director-General meets Tonga's Agriculture Minister
"We need to strengthen the capacity of countries to enforce the law"- Minister Fakahau
(Photo from LtoR: Mr. Poasi Ngaluafe (Tonga delgate), Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva (FAO Director General, Minister responsible for Fisheries, Hon.Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau. Also shown here is the Hon. Minister receiving the Certificate of Honor presented by FAO Director General to Tonga marking Tonga as a party to PSM Agreement)
13 July 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met Tonga's Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries, Hon. Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, who was in Rome to attend the FAO's Committee on Fisheries (COFI) Thirty-second Session.
A Month of Strong Progress for the Tongan Mabé Pearl Industry
Cultured pearls are the Pacific region's most valuable and promising aquaculture commodity. They are an ideal trade and export commodity for island communities as pearls are high in value whilst being light-weight and non-perishable. Pearl culture is compatible with traditional lifestyles and provides opportunities for income generation at a number of levels. The industry is environmentally benign and helps to preserve marine environments by imparting a value and utilisation to these areas.
New Uniform for Fisheries Compliance Officers
The Government of Tonga and Ministry of Fisheries wishes to express our sincere and great gratitude to the Government of New Zealand and Ministry of Primary Industries for their great support and assistance by donating 3 sets of Operational Field Uniforms for Fisheries Compliance Division.
Tongan Mabe Pearl Handicraft and Jewellery Competition
The Department of Fisheries is pleased to be working together with the Ministry of Commerce and Labour to support the "Tongan Mabé Pearl Handicraft and Jewellery Competition". If you have some artistic or creative talent you may like to consider entering the competition. Not only would you be eligible for some of the generous competition prizes but you would also be helping to support the development of Tonga's new and existing pearl farming industry.