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Government is working to install marine Radios on fishing boats to help reduce disasters at sea

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 15/02/2017

Government is now working on a project to install Marine Radio in all fishing boats to minimize disasters and problems at sea. Marine Radio is to help fishermen get the information especially weather forecasts and warnings on natural disasters.

Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni said the project aims to ensure that the information and warnings in place and are received loud and clear by everyone even those at sea.

Hon. Sovaleni said, the project includes installing of an antenna so it could reach every boat at sea and informing them on the latest weather update.

A local fisherman from Nomuka – ‘Aisake Niutoni Falasee said this is great news to all fishermen because a Radio is one of the most important tools used while at sea.

They can contact their families VIA the marine radios because sometimes the mobile phones don’t have any network while they are at sea.

He added a Marine Radio is like Radio Tonga, in providing information and updating fishermen on the latest events.

He also thanked the Deputy Prime Minister in taking the lead in helping fishermen because fishing is the only income for their families.

Marine VHF radio refers to the radio frequency range between 156.0 and 174 MHz, inclusive. The “VHF” signifies the very high frequency of the range. In the official language of the International Telecommunication Union the band is called the VHF maritime mobile band.

Marine VHF radio equipment is installed on all large ships and most seagoing small crafts. It is also used, with slightly different regulation, on rivers and lakes.

Chinese Ambassador to Tonga H.E Huang Huaguang in a letter to TBC praised the rapid progress that has been made in the development of media industry and information and Communication Technology during the past decades.

He said Radio is still one of the most widely used and fastest media for disseminating of information and knowledge, communication and interaction and experience sharing.

It plays a very important role in emergency response and disaster prevention and relief.

The Chinese Embassy in Tonga is sponsoring the Live Talkback Shows hosted by Tonga Broadcasting Commission because they believe that it will be a great opportunity for the audience from all the islands and remote areas of Tonga to participate in the discussions and exchanges of views on the role of Radio in the social and economic lives of the Tongan people.

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