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Fisheries Division - MAFFF

COMMING EVENTS !!!!

2014 Royal Agricultural & Industrial Show

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Niuatoputapu - 6 August 2014

Niuafo'ou - 7August 2014

Vava'u - 9 August 2014

'Eua - 15 August 2014

Tongatapu 22-23 August 2014

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SIGNING OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FISHERIES DIVISION OF MAFFF AND THE VAVA'U FISHERIES COUNCIL

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The signing of the agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries and the Vava'u Fisheries Council took place at the Fisheries Division Office on Saturday, June 14 2014. This was in accordance to his Majesty's Cabinet decision to hand over the fish market and the wharf to the Council to manage.  This will enable the Council to work together with the fishermen more efficiently, thus further develop the fisheries of the Vava'u group.  The ceremony was attended by the Crown Prince, Prince 'UlukalalaTupouto'a, Hon. Luani, the Minister for Labour, Commerce and Tourism ViliamiLatu, the Consular to Finland AtiloaFifitaLatu and the members of the Council as well as fishermen and the Fisheries Division staff.

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New Special Management Areas (SMA) for Tonga

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The Minister responsible for Fisheries, the Honourable Sangster Saulala, approved the declaration of three new Special Management Areas (SMA) for Nomuka (Ha'apai), Taunga (Vava'u) and Fafa (Tongatapu), which wereGazetted on the 4th of December 2013. Only people approved by the Coastal Community Management Committees (CCMC) for Nomuka and Taunga will be permitted to fish within their respective SMAs.

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Fisheries Development and Export Fund

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The Government of Tonga under the Cabinet approved and established in early this year the "Fisheries Development and Export Fund" (FDEF) with starting capital T$300,000. The objective of this fund is to improve the cooperation between fishermen, vessel owner and exporters (Fisheries Business) so that all parties can work more effectively together to generate increasedexports, income and employment in the fisheries sector.

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Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) for 'Eua communities

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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has granted technical assistance with the support of the Fisheries Division to provide new fish aggregating devices (FADs) for 'Eua fishermen.

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Opening of the FAFA Special Management Marine Reserve

Tuesday 4th February 2014

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The Honourable Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries, Sangster Saulala, marked the official opening of the Fafa Special Management Area (SMA) on Tuesday, the 4th of February 2014 at the Fafa Island Resort. Also present at this historical event was the Honourable Minister for Labour, Tourism and Trade (MLTT), Dr. Viliami Latu, CEOs and representatives from MAFFF, MLTT, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MECC) and nearby communities. 

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