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Tuesday 11 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It’s rare to find female sailors in Tonga, but 'Aunofo Havea Funaki is not your average Tongan woman - she has been working in a male dominated marine industry in the kingdom for the last 26 years. A passionate advocate of sustainable tourism, 'Aunofo is concerned about the amount of whale watching operators in Vava’u and how they operate. By Eleanor Gee
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Friday 7 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Whale watchers around the world can help scientists track the journey of individual whales by taking photos of the underside of their tails, said Ted Cheeseman, co-founder and CEO of Happywhale, a website platform used to help identify whales using pictures. “The underside of a whale’s tail has markings unique to each whale, just like finger prints are to humans."
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Thursday 6 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Whale Declaration was endorsed and signed today by 11 Pacific countries at the Whales in a Changing Ocean conference, ending on a high note in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The declaration focuses on stronger whale conservation in the Pacific region with Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Tonga signing on today.
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Wednesday 5 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Cook Islands ban placed on commercial fishing last month within 50 nautical miles of the nation was highlighted at the Whales in a Changing Ocean conference opening yesterday in Nuku’alofa. Cook Islands Minister of Environment, Hon Kiriau Turepu stressed that the ban is to reduce the interaction between commercial fishing and whales in their waters.
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Tuesday 4 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“All Tongan waters are declared a sanctuary for whales ...The ban against the hunting and killing of whales in Tongan waters remains in force,” Tonga's Acting Prime Minister, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni said at the opening of an international "Whales in a Changing Ocean" conference today in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 10 May 2016

Noumea, New Caledonia
Raising awareness to protect Pacific whales in the face of emerging threats is part of a regional campaign ‘Protect Pacific Whales’ recently launched by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
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Tuesday 25 August 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been included in the first destinations to be analyzed with the potential to become Whale Heritage Sites.
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Friday 13 June 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Oceania's Humpback whale population is slowly recovering, but it will take three decades before the population will fully recover from its near extinction levels in the 1960s, according to an assessment by the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium (SPWRC).
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Thursday 18 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty-six participants have successfully passed a “Whale Watching and Swimming Guides Training” course and are now certified to work as whale watching and swimming guides in Tonga, which has legislation that allows professionals to take tourists into the water with whales.
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Wednesday 27 January 2010
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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Wednesday 3 December 2008
Pago Pago, American Samoa
I am surprised that the Department of Commerce and the Government of Tonga have not taken the initiative to fight for Tonga to be able to get at least two whales a year for local consumption. - Mafi ‘o Amerika Samoa
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Wednesday 1 October 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita will be officially declared as Tonga's 'Royal Patron of Whales', in Neiafu, Vava'u on Friday, October 3.
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Sunday 13 May 2007
Auckland, New Zealand
The Pacific Island and Maori communities, leaders, musicians, conservationists and the whale watch industry will unite today for the 2007 National Day of Action to Protect Whales.
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Friday 23 June 2006
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands was one of the countries that voted with Japan on the pro-whaling debate which won a majority vote over the last couple of days. Sadly, again, the Minister of Fisheries for Solomon Islands, Mr. Nollen Leni went against his government and cabinet's decision to abstain from voting, disobeying a cabinet directive and he is yet to face the consequences when he comes back here in a few days time. - M. Havea
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Friday 23 June 2006
Mounu, Vava'u
I read with interest comments supporting the resumption of whaling in the Kingdom. If the Government did allow whaling to resume, the whale watching industry would collapse- Allan Bowe
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Thursday 22 June 2006
Auckland, New Zealand
Call me a whale-watcher if you like but ‘Ofa-ki-Tonga's enthusiasm for whalemeat for the kingdom is unlikely to find favour in this part of the world where killing whales and dolphins for food is seen as barbaric. The recent Japanese success at the IWC was made possible by support from some Pacific nations who took money and changed their stance. And here in New Zealand there is a call for retribution through the withdrawl of aid or something similar. - Sefita Hao‘uli
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Wednesday 21 June 2006
Long Beach, California, USA
When whaling was permitted in Tonga, there were not even 10 whales killed in Tongatapu for consumption in any given year. In the outer groups of Ha‘apai and Vava‘u, there were even much less. The whales were hand harpooned and whaling was done by a handful of families who were descendants of whalers who had migrated to Tonga. - ‘Ofa ki Tonga
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Monday 21 March 2005
Neiafu, Vava'u
Three baby Pilot Whales were rescued from the shallow waters of eastern Vava'u, in Tonga, after being stranded for nearly a week. But the mother whale and two other whales that were stranded with the pod died from injuries believed to be caused by a shark attack.
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