The Community Development and Advisory Section (CDAS) works with interested communities to improve the welfare of the people of Tonga through sustainable development and management of marine resources, with attention to remote and disadvantage communities. The Special Management Area (SMA) regime has been adopted by government as a better tool for fisheries management and conservation purposes. The main objective of the Section is to enhance the sustainable management and utilization of inshore marine resources in SMA communities.
Offshore Research & Development
The Offshore Resource Assessment and Development program aims to assess Tonga’s utilized and unutilized offshore fisheries resources and to provide advice to executive management on the conservation of these resources with relation to fisheries management and development. The development and monitoring of ecological performance indicators with relation to Tonga’s major offshore fisheries is to ensure sustainability of fishing activities and this is therefore an ongoing function of resource assessment and development. The two major offshore commercial fisheries for Tonga are tuna and snapper fisheries.
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 on board fishing vessels, and the enforcement of laws through a program of surveillance and inspections and where necessary, prosecutions for illegal fishing.
Fisheries Management & Planning
The Fisheries Management and Development Division has responsibility for steering the government's program of fisheries legislation, management planning, development planning, and policies for coastal and offshore fisheries, as well as for special management areas. These are the core statutory functions of the department that in turn drive the compliance and science programs.
New SMA for the Ha'apai Island Groups in 2018
Two teams traveled to Ha’apai from the Ministry of Fisheries to develop the SMA (Special Management Area) Management Plan of Kauvai( Muitoa, Ha’ano, Pukotala & Fakakai ) also ‘Uiha and Faleloa.
Launching of Tonga National Strategy on Aquatic Biosecurity
His Honorable Minister of MAFF and Ministry of Fisheries, Hon. Semisi Fakahau, launched the Tonga National Strategy on Aquatic Biosecurity on the 5th of April 2018 at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.
FORMULATION OF NATIONAL STRATEGIES AND ACTIONG PLANS TO IMPROVE COMPLIANCE WITH THE AGREEMENT ON PORT STATE MEASURES (PSMA)
A one-week workshop was held at Davina House from the 7th – 10th of November 2017 for the Formulation of National strategies and action plans to improve compliance with the agreement on Port State Measure.
CDS (Catch Documentation Schemes) Workshop was conducted at the Ministry of Fisheries on the 11th - 13th of May under technical assistance provided by Tevaka Moana (TVM) and Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).
Ministry of Fisheries Aquaculture staffs completed four pearl farming workshops for the mabe' pearl farmers of Ha'apai. The workshops involved teaching the pearl farmers how to efficiently manage their farms and maintain their oysters.