19th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial and Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting
Fisheries important to the recovery of Pacific economies say Ministers
TARAWA, 1 September 2022, Pacific Fisheries Ministers meeting last week in Kiribati identified maximizing value from their fisheries as key to supporting the economic recovery from Covid-19. Ministers and Officials were attending the annual 19th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial (FFCMin19) meeting and the Regional Fisheries Ministers Meeting (RFMM3).
Incoming FFCMin19 and RFMM3 Chair, Kiribati Minister for Fisheries, Honourable Minister Ribanataake Tiwau shared his vision of continuing to work successfully together with participants in his Opening Statement.
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, while working together means sustainable success,” said Honourable Minister Tiwau.
“As we closed the meeting we heard loud and clear our Pacific Ministers expressing their strong desire to increase the level of benefits generated from the region’s tuna fishery through greater involvement in all levels of the value chain. We need to further investigate diversification opportunities such as value-adding and new markets to improve economic returns, ”he continued.
“We also need to work hard to realise the significant socio-economic value and economic potential of aquaculture within the PICTs region that remains largely under-developed.”
“Our discussions were wide-ranging and we talked about short, medium and long term issues that we need to work together on. An area of grave concern that we discussed in detail is climate change and its impact on our coastal and offshore fisheries resources.
“There is a distinct possibility that there will be major reductions in revenue over time should the stocks move to the high seas in response to climate change effects. Now is the time to develop cooperative fisheries management approaches to build resilience into our collective fisheries. We also need to apply further collective pressure by supporting ‘one voice’ approach to our international engagement as Pacific SIDS.
“In terms of coastal fisheries a lot of work has been done but we look forward to more information to develop a catalogue on climate change actions and climate finance opportunities that the fisheries sector can engage on.
Our DG Dr Tupou-Roosen thanked the Ministers for their guidance and support for the FFA Secretariat.
“I was really inspired by what I heard from our Ministers and from our new Chair. His vision of partnerships between FFA members to enable greater participation in all parts of the tuna value chain to ensure we capture a greater share of the economic and social benefits for our Pacific people was very powerful'', said Dr Tupou-Roosen.
“FFA loves that dream, we share that dream, and we are committed to making that dream happen. We thank our Members for their collaboration and continued trust in us to deliver the important outcomes from this meeting.”
FFCMin19 and RFMM3 were attended in person by Ministers representing Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. Australia, FSM, Nauru, PNG and Vanuatu were represented at senior official level. RMI, Samoa and Tokelau participated online.
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Japan assists Tonga's fisheries sector recovery
Signing Ceremony Agreement between the Government of Tonga and the Government of Japan for provision of Fisheries equipment under the Japan Economic and Social Development Program.
Around USD1.5 million has been committed by the Government of Japan to provide useful equipment, including fishing boats to aid Tonga's fisheries sector in its post tsunami recovery.
Climate Change Awareness Week 2022
MINISTRY OF FISHERIES Supporting National Climate Change Awareness Week 2022
"The single most impactful thing we can do today in the face of climate change is to begin managing the world's Fisheries for sustainability while planning for tomorrow."
Expand sea cucumber farming to SMA Communities
Sea cucumber farming at Manuka SMA area .
SQUID FISHERY HAD BEEN TRIALED IN TONGA SINCE 2018. THERE WAS LESS INTEREST IN THIS FISHERY BY FISHERMEN DUE TO VARIOUS REASONS. DESPITE THAT, THE MINISTRY OF FISHERIES AND THE NIWA PROJECT COOPERATE IN PROVIDING ASSISTANCES TO THE DEEP WATER SNAPPER VESSELS TO FACILITATE FISHING AND HARVEST OF SQUIDS.
FISHER ASAELI NEHOA, SKIPPER AND OWNER OF FV AMAILE, CAUGHT GIANT SQUID - DIAMONDBACK AND NEON CATCH ON SATURDAY JUNE 4TH, 2022.
Fisheries Management NPOA Shark and Tuna Plan Review Workshop
5th – 9th September 2022.
The Ministry of Fisheries conducted a five-day workshop on the 5th – 9th of September 2022 with technical supports from staff of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Dr. Tuikolongahau Halafihi, CEO for Fisheries delivered the opening remarks, emphasizing the importance of this work and welcoming Ms Adele Dutilloy, Lianos Triantafillos and Kaasipo Teo from FFA, and Steve Hare from SPC. Assistance from FFA and SPC are much appreciated.
The purpose of this workshop was to review the NPOA (National Plan of Action for Sharks) Shark plan and finalize the revised Tuna plan where advisors from FFA & SPC conducted sessions on the context of these two plans.
The objectives of this workshop were as follows;
• To set objectives, understand the current status of the plans and to identify areas of improvement.
• Review science and technical sections, set objectives, identify implementation actions for achieving science and technical objectives.
• Review management and operational sections, set objectives, identify implementation actions for achieving management and operational objectives.
• Draft review plan (NPOA Shark) and finalized revised Tuna plan based on the discussions and decisions.
The outcome of the workshop was both Fisheries Management Plans were finalized and will soon be submitted for endorsement.
The Fisheries Science Division held a one-week training on Socioeconomic assessment on Special Management Areas (SMA) & Land-locked sites and Enumerator training which was held on the 22nd -26th of February 2021. Socioeconomic assessment is one of the main activities of the Ministry’s Inshore Resource Assessment Section. This assessment was designed as one of the mechanisms to assess the status and well being of SMAs. This training was led by Dr. Tuíkolongahau Halafihi, CEO for Fisheries.
Over the years, the number of SMAs has rapidly been increasing and this assessment helps to understand the type and extend of impacts (positive/benefit and negative/cost) that the SMA management has on people.
The main purpose of this training was to;
Train staff and enumerators the right way of how to do the socio-economic assessment survey
Teach them how to input data online using the rugged tablets
Assist the Ministry to have and informed resource management, conversation strategies and activities that support human well-being, ecologically and socially sustainable development at the very minimum without cause no harm or make reasonable trade off.
This survey will start here in Tongatapu and will continue on to Vavaú, Haápai and Éua.
Attended in this training were Fisheries staff from the Science Division, Vavaú, Haápai , Éua also Ms. Karen Stone and few staff from Vavaú Environmental Protection Association (VEPA).