Vuna Road, Sopu
Tongatapu, Tonga

+676 21 399 / 27 799
info@tongafish.gov.to

MCS & Licensing

The Fisheries Compliance Division provides a range of regulatory control services aimed at supporting the objectives of statutes, plans and policies by ensuring a high level of compliance with the rules. This is achieved through an effective program of licensing, the tracking of offshore vessels using satellite technology, the placement of observers onboard fishing vessels, and the enforcement of laws through a program of surveillance and inspections and where necessary, prosecutions for illegal fishing.


Functions include:

  • Satellite based Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)
  • Tonga Observer Program
  • Surveillance and inspections program
  • Enforcement and prosecutions
  • Licensing and Certification
  • Data Management