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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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PORT STATE MEASURES GAP ANALYSIS WORKSHOP

A workshop was conducted by the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) in collaboration with the PEW Charitable Trust and the Ministry of Fisheries aiming to undertake a gap analysis of legislation relevant to the Port State Measure in Tonga against the FAO Port State Measure Agreement that has been ratified in 2016 by the States to combat Illegal, unreported and unregulated Fishing (IUU) in Tonga. The Workshop was held in Nuku’alofa from 18 to 19 January 2017 and was attended by more than 14 government officials.

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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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Two Weeks Training on Coastal Fisheries Survey for Ministry of Fisheries Staff

Training Participants at Ministry of Fisheries HQ

Two back-to-back training workshops involving staff from the Fisheries Department and Pacific Community (SPC) have just completed at Fisheries HQ. The first workshop, which ran over a period of two weeks, aimed to improve the skills of Fisheries Department staff in analysing creel survey data. A creel survey is a survey of a fisherman's or fisherwoman's catch, usually obtained at a landing site such as a boat ramp or wharf. Monitoring catches and fishing activities is an important component of assessing the health of a fishery and developing strategies to ensure sustainable harvests. Using survey data collected by the Fisheries Department from 2013–2015, participants learned how to analyse data to estimate average catches per fishing trip, average numbers of individual fishes or invertebrates caught, length of fishing trips, catch-per-unit-effort and annual total catches. "Knowing how to analyse the data collected from our creel survey program will help us verify the status of our fishery, understand what species are caught, in what numbers, and from what locations. This will allow Fisheries to better assess and monitor the status of Tonga's coastal fish populations, and make better-informed management decisions" said Dr. Siola'a Malimali, Deputy CEO of Fisheries.