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Tonga Aquaculture Commodity Development Plan 2010 - 2014 Workshop

Tonga Aquaculture Commodity Development Plan 2010-2014 was the first workshop held at the Ministry of Fisheries Office on the 8th-9th of May. The purpose of this workshop is to review Tonga Aquaculture Commodity Development Plan 2010-2014...

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The training focuses mainly on the areas such as observer tuna data collection forms and data quality. (7th - 16th June 2017)

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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.