FISHERIES INFORMATION QUARTERLY REPORT 2015
DOMESTIC MARKET SURVEY REPORT 2014
FISHERIES INFORMATION QUARTERLY REPORT 2014
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.