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Observers For Tuvalu

Government will deploy its observers on Tuvalu’s longline fishing vessels that are based out of Suva but fish in Tuvalu waters. Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests Inoke Wainiqolo
13 Oct 2015 10:40
Observers  For Tuvalu
Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests Inoke Wainiqolo (left) and Tuvalu’s Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Falasese Tupau (right) during signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Suva yesterday. Photo: Shahani Mala.

Government will deploy its observers on Tuvalu’s longline fishing vessels that are based out of Suva but fish in Tuvalu waters.

Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests Inoke Wainiqolo and Tuvalu’s Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Falasese Tupau yesterday signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) on this matter in Suva.

The MOU covers the provision of observer services and the sharing of monitoring, control and surveillance data between the two countries.

These observers, that are yet to be confirmed, are trained to specifically collect catch and compliance data during fishing operations.

Whilst in port on return from the fishing grounds, Fiji observers will carry out port sampling work to ascertain the length classes of all fish species.

Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests Inoke Wainiqolo said: “The Tuvalu Government wanted our fisheries observes to be placed on their fishing vessels that are flagged by Tuvalu.”

He said they needed our officers to do the surveillance work on those vessels.

“The observers will need to know the laws and regulations of the Tuvalu government and once they have done all that they can start boarding,” Mr Wainiqolo said.

He said this arrangement between the two states will not only strengthen the ties but will present the global fisheries community a good example of regional co-operation.

Mr Tupau expressed his gratitude towards Fijian Government for sending the observers to Tuvalu.

Feedback:  shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

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