COMING EVENTS !!!!
Fisheries Surveillance New Equipment for Fafa Is. SMA
Fafa Island Special Management Area received some equipment this week to help with enforcement of the NO Fishing Zone around the Island
The equipment is to assist the Fafa Fisheries Rangers in protecting the Area against illegal fishing. The Binoculars, Digital Cameras and GPS will all be put to good use by the Community in this important work.
New Government Investment Incentives to Support Private Sector & Development
The Tongan Government introduce further initiatives to support the private sector including streamlining business licence schemes and tax incentives. The Investment Incentive Bulletin was launched on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at the Ministry of Revenue Customs Conference by the Minister responsible, Hon. Siosifa Tu'utafaiva. You can access to it on the Government websites: http://www.mctl.gov.to; http://www.mic.gov.to and http://www.finance.gov.to.
The new initiatives to support investment and growth of the private sector are based on consultation with the private sector, as part of the government undertakings to foster closer partnerships with the private sector. These new investment incentives complement and extend what is already in place, and are included in Investment Incentives Bulletin. They include:
MAFFF staff trained on biological sampling of coastal fishes
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.
Observer Refresher Course
14th - 18th July 2014
Mrs. Losaline Ma'asi, CEO of the Ministry of Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries officially opened a one week Observer Refresher Training for all Tonga's current active observers followed by a 4 weeks debriefing training for three (3) Tongan Debriefer Trainees. The aim of this training was to provide an opportunity for these observers to refresh, update and up skill their knowledge with regards to observer data collection and reporting thereby leading to more improved and quality data collected and reported by these observers.
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.