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Project aims to strengthen and recover fisheries sector in Tonga July 10,2019   |  Source: Matangi

A project to strengthen sustainable management and recover selected commercial, aquaculture, and community fisheries in Tonga, funded by the World Bank was launched on 2 July in Neiafu, Vava’u.

The ‘Halafononga ki ha Ngātai Tuúloa Tonga: Pathway to Sustainable Oceans Project’ will benefit more than 10,000 people in over 40 coastal communities.

The launch was attended by World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, Madame Victoria Kwakwa, visiting Tonga with a delegation of senior World Bank officials, Minister for Fisheries Hon Semisi Fakahau, Fisheries CEO Dr Tu‘ikolongahau Halafihi, and fisheries sector stakeholders.

The event involved a formal ceremony, followed by a boat excursion to view Mabé pearl farms and Special Management Areas in ‘Utungake and ‘Utulei.

The six-year program, involving USD$10 million of World Bank funding, supports achievement of the Tonga Fisheries Sector Plan long-term goals to strengthen and develop selected fisheries.

These include offshore commercial fisheries (tuna longline and deepwater snapper), inshore commercial fisheries, aquaculture for Mabé pearl oysters (Pteria penguin) and giant clams (Tridacna spp.), and community managed Special Management Areas (SMAs).

The expected outcomes include an

 

© Vava'u Press 2019

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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