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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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A Month of Strong Progress for the Tongan Mabe Pearl Industry

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Cultured pearls are the Pacific region’s most valuable and promising aquaculture commodity. They are an ideal trade and export commodity for island communities as pearls are high in value whilst being light-weight and non-perishable. Pearl culture is compatible with traditional lifestyles and provides opportunities for income generation at a number of levels. The industry is environmentally benign and helps to preserve marine environments by imparting a value and utilisation to these areas.

26 August 2016

The “Friendly Islands” of Tonga are situated in Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean, and stretch over approximately 800 kilometres from north to south. The archipelago consists of around 176 islands, 36 of which are inhabited. Its closest neighbours are Fiji to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast and Vanuatu to the west.