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PROTECTING TONGA'S BORDER

The Ministry of Fisheries organized a National Consultation on Aquatic Bio-security Planning in order to reduce possible risks related to aquatic environments..

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FISHERIES ELICENSING SYSTEM IN-HOUSE WORKSHOP TRAINING

eLicensing System was introduced to assist the Licensing Section with a more efficient system and less cost to stakeholders and the staff. This online system will allow stakeholders to apply and submit online their applications..

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HA'APAI MABE' PEARL FARMS SHOW EXCELLENT PROGRESS

The Aquaculture staff worked with the pearl farmers to seed their oysters to grow their very first mabe’ pearls. The workshops were attended by over 20 pearl farmers and community members...

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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.