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Nuku’alofa, 23rd November 2023 – The Ministry of Fisheries is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Vailala Matoto as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment was officially welcomed during a ceremony held at the main office, where the Acting Minister for Fisheries, Lord Fohe, was present to extend his congratulations.




Dr. Matoto brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record, having worked tirelessly with the Ministry of Fisheries and projects for years. His hands-on experience in overseeing and implementing various projects has not only showcased his leadership skills but also demonstrated his commitment to the sustainable management of fisheries resources. 



Dr. Matoto, in response, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the Ministry's mission. "I am honored to join the Ministry of Fisheries and work alongside its dedicated team. Together, we will strive to uphold the highest standards of fisheries management, fostering collaboration between government agencies, industry stakeholders, and local communities to achieve sustainable and thriving marine ecosystems," stated Dr. Matoto.



The Ministry of Fisheries looks forward to a future under Dr. Matoto's leadership, confident that his vision and commitment will further enhance the organization's role in protecting and preserving the rich biodiversity of our oceans.

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