TONGA : PATHWAY TO SUSTAINABLE OCEANS PROJECT
Sisi’uno Leha’uli - Finance Officer
Tevita Vea’ila - Safeguards Specialist & Stakeholder Liaison
Recruiting - Procurement Officer
Simaima Bloomfield - Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Capacity Building Training
The Fisheries Economic Section, under the Fisheries Management Development Division held an Internal training on February 12th 2021 at the Ministry’s Conference Room. This training was mainly for employees who work directly with Fish Handling and Fish Selling.
Its purpose was to show, develop and strengthen their skills, abilities and knowledge of the appropriate staffs in handling and selling of fish. Furthermore, to be familiar with the qualities of fish when selling them to the public.
The training was led by various staff from various sections:
• Fish handling and Fish Quality Identification (led by Tonga Tu’iano from Aquaculture Section)
• Data Collection and Reporting (led by Lavinia Vaipuna from Offshore section)
• Finance Processes and Procedures (led by Alimoni Taumoepeau from Finance section)
• and Cyber Security & ICT Guidelines (led by Molisi Fifita from ICT section).
Further capacity building activities are planned for staff and stakeholders these upcoming months.
The Government of Tonga (GoT) is seeking funding from the World Bank for Tonga: Pathway to Sustainable Oceans project (TongaFish Pathway) (World Bank P164941) to improve the management of selected fisheries and aquaculture in the Recipient’s territory.
The Tongafish Pathway Project |Overview
he World Bank has provided a six-year, US$10 million grant to the Tongan Government for a project to support the work of the Ministry of Fisheries. The Halafonga Ki Ha Ngatai Tuúloa Tonga: Pathway to Sustainable Oceans (TongaFish Pathway) Project will run from July 2019 to 30 June 2025. A further six-year phase may follow the initial project.
Based on the Tonga Fisheries Sector Plan, it aims to strengthen sustainable management and development of selected commercial, aquaculture, and community fisheries. These are: offshore commercial fisheries, inshore commercial fisheries, aquaculture for Mabé pearl oysters and giant clams, and community-managed Special Management Areas (SMAs). Significant focus will be on training and capacity building for ministry staff, and SMA and aquaculture stakeholders.
Anticipated outcomes include improved supervision of the sector, closed gender gaps, and food security. The project expects to positively impact the over 10,000 Tongans directly involved in fishing.
There are four components:
Component 1: Strengthening Fisheries Governance (National IDA US$0.4 million; Regional IDA US$1.71 million). To improve fisheries governance in Tonga’s tuna longline, deep-water snapper and inshore commercial fisheries through priority interventions, including licensing and registration, and implementing fishing rights frameworks. This will ensure that Tonga meets its regional and international obligations and commitments as well as improves compliance with Tonga’s domestic legislation.
Component 2: Strengthening the Knowledge Base for Fisheries and Aquaculture (National IDA US$1.17 million; Regional IDA US$3.38 million). To improve fisheries science for informed management decision-making for three selected fisheries and two aquaculture species supported by the Project.
Component 3: Investing in Sustainable Fisheries Management and Development (National IDA US$1.22 million; Regional IDA US$0.5 million). To strengthen sustainable fisheries management and development of the selected fisheries. Currently, there is strong legislation for management of the tuna longline and deep-water snapper fisheries. However, an effective policy and regulatory framework to support aquaculture development, specifically for Mabé pearl and giant clam, does not yet exist nor is there an inshore commercial fishery management plan.
Component 4: Supporting Effective Project Management (National IDA US$1.56 million; Regional IDA US$0.06 million). To ensure effective and efficient Project management by provisding needed resources for Project management, financial management, procurement, monitoring and evaluation, and safeguards.
A Project Management Unit has been established as a new division of the Ministry, responsible for ensuring effective project governance according to World Bank requirements. Delivery of activities lies with the Ministry’s three operational divisions - the Science, Compliance, and Fishery Management Division. While primarily a Ministry of Fisheries project, there will be close engagement community stakeholders, and other government agencies, regional agencies, and development partners.
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