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Pacific Island Fisheries Observer (PIRFO) Longline Training

Tonga Ministry of Fisheries completed a Fisheries Observer training on Friday, 2 December, at the Ministry of Fisheries, Sopu, Tonga. The training was conducted by Mr Siosifa Fukofuka, Observer Programme Training Coordinator at the Pacific Community (SPC).

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Ministry of Fisheries and SPC conduct sea cucumber field survey

Staff from the Ministry of Fisheries (MoF) and the Coastal Fisheries Programme of the Pacific Community (SPC) have just completed a six week field assessment of sea cucumber (mokohunu) populations in Vava’u, Ha’apai and Tongatapu.

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Sector Plan - Fisheries National Policy Workshop 23 - 24 November 2016

The Ministry of Fisheries conducted a 2 days Fisheries Sector Plan - National Fisheries Policy Workshop on the 23rd-24th November 2016 at Tungi Colonade, Kingdom of Tonga.

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Staff from the Ministry of Fisheries (MoF) and the Coastal Fisheries Programme of the Pacific Community (SPC) have just completed a six week field assessment of sea cucumber (mokohunu) populations in Vava’u, Ha’apai and Tongatapu.

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Sea cucumbers represent an important source of livelihood for the people of Tonga, yet the fishery has been one of ‘boom and bust’, characterised by a few years of relatively large harvests and heavy fishing pressure followed by years of very poor harvests and long-term moratoria to allow depleted stocks to recover. Most recently, a moratorium on the harvest and export of sea cucumbers was imposed in October 2015 for a period of five years due to concerns over their current status and to allow stocks to build.