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Mabe' Pearl Seeding Workshop

Sophie Gordon a USP TAR PhD student and George Vi a Fisheries Officer conducted workshops for the Pearl Farmers on seeding mabe' Pearl in Felemea, Uoleva and 'Uiha Ha'apai on the 11th - 13th of September.

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Installation of Pelagic devices in Tonga

(9th-10th October 2017) Andrew Hunt and Ian Freeman from the Pacific Community (SPC), installed solar powered vessel tracking devices on four aquarium fishery boats as part of a 6-months trail of remote vessel monitoring.

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Tails Training in Tonga

(2nd-6th October 2017) Tonga fisheries staff participated in a training workshop run by Lucy Joy and Andrew Hunt from the Pacific Community (SPC) to learn how to use tablets for electronic collection of catch information from small-scale fisheries.

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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.

Kingdom of Tonga, Nuku'alofa (23 - 24 November 2016)

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The Ministry of Fisheries conducted a 2 days Fisheries Sector Plan - National Fisheries Policy Workshop on the 23rd-24th November 2016 at Tungi Colonade, Kingdom of Tonga.

The Government’s vision for fisheries is for fisheries to “make a significant contribution to better living standards for Tongans, in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible, and sustainable manner.”