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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

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2014 Royal Agricultural & Industrial Show

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MAFFF staff trained on biological sampling of coastal fishes

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Training Partcipants at Fisheries HQ

A two-week training course for Tonga Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) staff is currently being held at Fisheries HQ. The training, which is being facilitated by Dr Brad Moore from the Coastal Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), aims to improve the skillsof MAFFF staff in conducting biological sampling of important coastal finfish species. Specifically, participants are learning how to determine a fish's sex and maturity status, how to take samples for genetic analysis and how to extract otoliths, or fish 'ear-bones', for age estimation.


Signing of the Agreement between the Fisheries Division of MAFFF and the Vava'u Fisheries Council


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.


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.


New Special Management Areas (SMA) for Tonga


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.


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.