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Tonga returned the donated fishing boats from China

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 25/03/2019

Chinese donated fishing boats were returned last week because they did not meet Tonga’s standard.

Eight fishing boats from Dongguan, China were all returned because they did not meet Tonga’s requirements for safety of fishing boats.

CEO of Fisheries Dr Tu’ikolongahau Halafihi says these 34 feet fishing boats were in good quality however it only met China’s requirements for safety of sea transportation.

He adds this issue is just a misunderstanding between officials in Tonga and in China.

Four of the eight donated fishing boats were meant for Ha’apai and four to be operated under the Ministry of Fisheries.

Dr Halafihi adds China will financially assist the ministry to build new fishing vessels for Tonga as replacements for these eight donated fishing boats.

Ministry of Fisheries marked earlier this year the assistance from China.

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