Fisheries Development and Export Fund (FDEF)
The Government of Tonga under the Cabinet approved and established in early this year the "Fisheries Development and Export Fund" (FDEF) with starting capital T$300,000. The objective of this fund is to improve the cooperation between fishermen, vessel owner and exporters (Fisheries Business) so that all parties can work more effectively together to generate increased exports, income and employment in the fisheries sector.
FAFA Special Managment Area Marine Reserve
Tuesday 4th February 2014
The Honourable Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries, Sangster Saulala, marked the official opening of the Fafa Special Management Area (SMA) on Tuesday, the 4th of February 2014 at the Fafa Island Resort. Also present at this historical event was the Honourable Minister for Labour, Tourism and Trade (MLTT), Dr. Viliami Latu, CEOs and representatives from MAFFF, MLTT, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MECC) and nearby communities.
FFA mission to support Tonga Fisheries shape and finalize the country's first National Plan of Action (NPOA) for sharks.
11th-12th November, Fisheries Conference Room, Nuku'alofa
FFA Fisheries Management Adviser, Samasoni Sauni arrives in Nuku'alofa on the 7th of November 2013 to conduct the final stakeholder consultation for the Tonga NPOA. Tonga is moving closer to a National Plan of Action on Sharks, caught as by-catch by Tuna fishers in national and EEZ waters.
Tonga hosts first national consultations on the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement, NTSA, which builds newer elements of surveillanceand monitoring cooperation into the 1992 Niue Treaty.
13th and 14th November at Fisheries Conference Room, Nuku'alofa
FFA Legal Advisor Dr. Filimon Manoni was in Tonga working with Tonga Fisheries and other government officials in Agriculture, Attorney-General's Office, Food, Forestry and Fisheries, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Police, Lands and Survey. Industry and private sector contacts are also part of the consultations
Milkfish Farming one day Training workshop, 20th September 2013, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu
The Fisheries Division under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries conducted a one-day training workshop on milkfish farming system last September 20, 2013 at Nuku'alofa, Tonga'tapu, Fisheries Headquarters Building. This workshop aims to build the capacity of the Fisheries staff,fisherfolks and the identified stakeholders interested in milkfish farming.