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A foreign fishing vessel boarded by the Tonga Navy’s VOEA Neiafu patrol boat last week, was apprehended after failing to produce its original fishing license in Tonga, was later released on Monday, May 26.
Wednesday 28 May 2014
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Local fishermen in ‘Eua are benefiting from a training workshop on Fish Aggregating Devices or “FADs” - the floating objects used by fisherman to attract fish in large numbers.
Tuesday 20 May 2014
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A decision by the Tongan Cabinet on March 29 to lift a moratorium on the harvesting and the exporting of sea cucumber will accelerate the depletion of Tonga’s sea cucumber stock and kill the industry, according to fisheries experts.
Thursday 15 May 2014 - 1 comment
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Tonga’s Fisheries Sector is to be exempted from the 15 percent Consumption Tax on sales, the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano told a gathering at Tu’imatamoana Wharf on Tuesday, 9 April.
Sunday 14 April 2013
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The ‘cheap’ tuna fishing license fees that the Tonga government sells foreign fishing boats, ‘a tear drop in the ocean.’
Tuesday 8 January 2013
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As the harvesting season for sea cucumbers draws to a close on September 30, a total of 10 licenses have been issued to local operators for export.
Thursday 20 September 2012
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Tonga has only two domestic tuna longline vessels in operation, a significant and continuing decline in fishing activity compared to 26 vessels operating in 2002, according to a a report released last week, while fishing by foreign vessels is booming in the waters of five Pacific island countries including Tonga.
Tuesday 11 September 2012 - 1 comment
Tonga has reversed its decision to close the fishing of sea cucumbers for three years and re-opened in June with 10 licenses issued bringing the government some short term cash in licensing fees, but against the best advice of its fisheries experts who warn that closure is the best option for managing the sea cucumber stock sustainably.
Friday 3 August 2012
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Developing and strengthening the capacity of Forum Fisheries Agency members to harvest and control tuna resources in a sustainable way was a key issue to be discussed at the 8th Annual Ministerial Forum Fisheries Committee Meeting held from June 28-29 in Tonga.
Friday 29 June 2012
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Tonga’s export fishing industry is dead, say business people who have abandoned their efforts to keep it alive, after years of paperwork battles with government officials and the ministry responsible for fisheries.
Friday 16 December 2011
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In an effort to revive its dying fishing industry Tonga has opened up its tuna fishing to licensed foreign fishing vessels, the Ministry of Fisheries has confirmed.
Monday 17 October 2011
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Tonga’s sea cucumber harvesting season that was extended for two weeks from September 30 was closed on Saturday, October 15, according to the Ministry of Fisheries.
Monday 17 October 2011
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Tonga’s new export fish market facility remains unfinished while the government is looking for donor funding to complete it, and to hopefully boost Tonga’s dying fishing industry.
Friday 14 October 2011
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Tonga’s sea cucumber harvesting season was extended for two weeks from September 30, the Ministry of Fisheries confirmed today, October 15.
Wednesday 12 October 2011
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A 45-year-old Chinese fisherman died near Limu Island in Ha’apai on Sunday night, July 17, during a fishing trip when the small boat he was in capsized due to rough seas.
Tuesday 19 July 2011
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As the sea cucumber harvesting season continues into its second month after a slow start in Tonga, 12 licenses have been issued to local operators for the 2011 harvesting season for export of a reduced quota of 100 tonnes of dried beche de mers.
Sunday 3 July 2011
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Only eight harvesting licences have been issued so far in the 2011 sea cucumber harvesting season - an usually slow start this year, said Poasi Ngaluafe, the Head of the Research Division of the Ministry of Fisheries today, June 13.
Monday 13 June 2011
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The largest turtle in Friday’s rescue attempt to save it from slaughter for church conference feasts, died last night after an effort to rest it in the fisheries department tanks at Sopu over the weekend failed to revive it.
Monday 9 May 2011
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Tonga’s sea cucumber stocks have been overfished in Tongatapu resulting in a depletion of nearly 50 percent over the past two years - especially of sea cucumber with a high commercial value, the Fisheries Department has revealed.
Thursday 5 May 2011
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As the harvesting season for sea cucumbers draws to a close on September 30, a total of 23 licenses have been issued to local operators who have exported to date up to 150 tonnes of dried beche de mers to Asian markets such as Hong Kong.
Tuesday 14 September 2010
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