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New SMA for the Ha'apai Island Groups in 2018

Two teams traveled to Ha’apai from the Ministry of Fisheries to develop the SMA (Special Management Area) Management Plan of Kauvai( Muitoa, Ha’ano, Pukotala & Fakakai ) also ‘Uiha and Faleloa.

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Launching of Tonga National Strategy on Aquatic Biosecurity

His Honorable Minister of MAFF and Ministry of Fisheries, Hon. Semisi Fakahau, launched the Tonga National Strategy on Aquatic Biosecurity on the 5th of April 2018 at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.

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A one-week workshop was held at Davina House from the 7th – 10th of November 2017 for the Formulation of National strategies and action plans to improve compliance with the agreement on Port State Measure.

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Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) summary

The Ministry of Fisheries is responsible for ensuring sustainable management of fisheries resources. The Ministry is led by the Hon Semisi Fakahau, Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests, and Fisheries. The Ministries Chief Executive leads the activities of four divisions, i) Fishery Management, ii) Fishery Science, iii) Fishery Compliance, and iv) Corporate Services, each of which is led by a Deputy Chief Executive.
A key activity for the Ministry is the delivery of the Tonga Fishery Sector Plan (TFSP), a long-term plan to maximise the sustainable contribution of the fisheries sector to food security and economic growth. The TFSP will be implemented with the support of development partner funding. A key source of funding will be the World Bank’s Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) that is funding the Tongafish Pathway project.
The proposed objective of the TongaFish Pathway project is to strengthen sustainable management and development of Tonga’s commercial, aquaculture and community fisheries. Overall, the impacts of the project are expected to be highly positive. An Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) has been prepared to ensure that any residual environmental and social impacts are managed so that the project does no harm. The ESMF will be the projects umbrella document for environmental and social risk management. A framework is being used because specific activities for all subprojects and phases of the project have not yet been identified.
The ESMF outlines the project, its components, and possible environmental and social impacts. It sets out the risk screening process and mitigation methods for project activities during project preparation and implementation. This is to ensure that any potential adverse environmental and social impacts that may be generated are identified, and appropriate tools are prepared to avoid, minimize, mitigate and offset any remaining adverse environmental and social impacts. The ESMF includes a review of potential land access requirements for the project, methods for consulting and engaging with stakeholders, and a process for receiving and managing complaints during the project cycle.
Stakeholder consultation on the ESMF will be occurring during the week of 19 November, and the ESMF is available on this website should anyone not involved in consultation wish to comment.
For more information or to provide comment, please contact: Lupe Feiloaki. Project Manager, Ministry of Fisheries, on email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: (+676) 21399 27 799



The Ministry of Fisheries was very fortunate to have worked collectively with the World Bank Finance and Procurement specialist Ms Sharon Riley for two weeks from 15 to 26 October. This collective work was with the CEO, Deputy CEOs and Head of Section staffs in preparation of the Ministry’s Tongafish Pathways Budget, Project Procurement Strategy Document (PPSD) and Procurement Plan. Sharon’s work included 1-2-1 sessions with Deputy CEOs and relevant staffs and presentations to the CEO, Deputy CEOs and Head of Section staffs on the draft and final draft of the Budget, Procurement and PPSD.

The Ministry of Fisheries is looking forward to more collective work with the World Bank team towards the Ministry’s Tongafish Pathways project.