FISHERIES INFORMATION QUARTERLY REPORT 2015
DOMESTIC MARKET SURVEY REPORT 2014
FISHERIES INFORMATION QUARTERLY REPORT 2014
FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS
REGIONAL BECHEDEMER SUMMIT
29th Sept - 1st Oct here in Tonga
SMA LESSONS LEARNED CONFERENCE
14-16 October 2015, Lifuka, Ha'apai Is Group, Tonga
Keeps an eye out forTonga High Quality half-pearls comming in July 2016!!!
The project, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and delivered in partnership with the Fisheries Division of the Ministry for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), aims to revitalize and expand the pearl industry in Tonga by conducting applied research, supporting industry development and supplying hatchery raised juvenile pearl oysters to local pearl farms. So far this year the project has donated more than 30,000 pearl oysters to the farmers and is now assisting the industry to produce producing high quality pearls for local retail and export
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.
New Zealand fisheries experts deliver fisheries compliance training for Tonga Fisheries (21-23 April 2015)
Staff from Tonga Fisheries Division recently took part in a three-day fisheries monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement (MCS & E) training workshop in Nuku'alofa.
The workshop was officially opened by Hon. Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries on 19 April 2015. In recognising Tonga's reliance on fisheries resources for both food security and economic development, the Minister noted the importance of enforcing the fisheries legislation in the overall sustainable management of the Tonga's fisheries resources.
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.
Tonga welcomes Hon. Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, the first technocrat to be appointed to the Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries
Tonga welcomes Hon. Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, the first technocrat to be appointed to the Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries cabinet portfolio since the political reforms.