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Tonga takes part at the CITES conference on flora and fauna in Johannesburg

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/09/2016)

Harvesting of sharks can be managed and regulated to save their population due to over fishing.

This is one of the agenda on the meeting of members of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna underway in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Tonga is represented at the Meeting by Two Senior Fisheries Officers – Poasi Ngaluafe of Fisheries and ‘Atelaite Matoto of the Ministry of Environment.

Sharks will be submitted to become part of the list of endangered species.

Information from Government says, there are existing programs in Tonga to endorse a national plan of action for sharks caught accidentally and by-catchers.

Tonga was welcomed at the meeting as its newest party and are able to make proposals to include new species under CITES trade controls, as well as tackling issues concerning livelihoods, review of significant trade, effective implementation of CITES and others.

Tonga joined CITES at a critical point where a lot of work has been implemented globally and regionally.

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