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Vava'u, Tonga - April 20, 2024 - The Tonga Ministry of Fisheries proudly announces a significant milestone in its ongoing commitment to empower coastal communities and enhance sustainable marine resource management. Today marks the official handover of 12 boats equipped with Yamaha 60hp engines, and navigational and safety equipment to 12 Vava'u Special Management Area (SMA) communities, as part of the transformative Pathway to Sustainable Oceans Project (Tongafish Pathway) embedded in the Ministry of Fisheries.

The spirit of the Tongafish Pathway Project, is to support the vision of the Ministry of Fisheries and donating these boats will help motivate to ensure the success of the SMA program in the coastal communities. This initiative is an effort led by the Ministry of Fisheries, highlights the government's commitment to building economic strength, protecting the environment, and aiding local residents. By working with partners and involving the community, the project seeks to enhance the ability of coastal communities to sustainably utilize and profit from their oceanic resources.

The Ministry of Fisheries is delighted to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the World Bank for their invaluable support through the Tongafish Pathway Project. The generous funding provided by the World Bank has played a pivotal role in the successful implementation of the project. The Ministry of Fisheries recognizes and appreciates the World Bank’s partnership and support, which have been instrumental in realizing the goals and visions of the Ministry. We look forward to continuing this collaborative journey as we work together towards a brighter and more prosperous future for Tonga's fisheries communities.

The handover ceremony was officiated by the Acting Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon Samiu Kuita Vaipulu and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries, boat builders, District and Town officers, members of the Vava'u SMA communities. Together, they celebrated this significant milestone and reaffirmed their commitment to working collaboratively towards a more sustainable and prosperous future for Tonga's coastal regions.

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