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Director Pacific Community called to strengthen management of fisheries resources

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/03/2017

The Pacific Community’s Director-General called to strengthen the development and management of the Pacific region’s fisheries resources.

Dr. Colin Tukuitonga made the comment when officially opened the 10th SPC Heads of Fisheries meeting in New Caledonia.

In his opening address, to almost 90 delegates from 27 countries, where CEO of Fisheries – Dr. Tu’ikolongahau Halafihi is taking part at.

Ineffective coastal fisheries management is becoming a real threat to the sustainability of Pacific fisheries, as it is these fisheries that currently provide Pacific Islanders with most of their nutrition and employment in the fisheries sector.

He said more than 80% of the tuna catch comes from skip-jack and yellow-fin resources that scientists estimate to be in good condition, more needs to be done to rebuild big-eye and albacore tuna to levels that can sustain healthy populations and profitable fisheries.

By 2030, it is estimated that  more than 100,000 metric tons of fish will be needed to feed Pacific people and small pockets of effective coastal fisheries management will not be enough to maintain a sustainable level of stock.

SPC is the main provider of scientific information for the management of tuna stocks in Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).

60 percent of global tuna is caught in the WCPO, equivalent to 2.5 million tonnes, valued at US$5b creating over 22,000 jobs in the tuna industry.

The 10th Heads of Fisheries meeting, which is being hosted at SPC’s Headquarters in Noumea, will conclude on 17 March.

MEANWHILE in Tonga     Staff of the Ministry of Fisheries are currently selling cheap fish at the Tuimatamoana Wharf as an initiative to promote healthy living. The prices start at TOP$2.50 pa’anga per kilo for tuna and it goes up to 8 pa’anga per kilo for other types of tuna. 

About 5 tons of fish is on sale to wthe public this week.          

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