The Administration section of the Department is responsible for a range of activities, including:
- Advising the Minister, Cabinet and Parliament on fishery policy issues and high-level developments within the sector;
- Negotiating fishery access agreements with distant water fishing nations, associations, fleets and companies;
- Economic analysis of fishery development and management options;
- Ensuring consistency between fishery revenue information held by the TFD and the Treasury Department of MFED;
- Promoting and managing fishery joint ventures and other commercial activities in which the Government of Tuvalu has an interest, including the restructure of NAFICOT;
- Ongoing review of Tuvalu’s fishery legislation to ensure it remains compliant with international treaties to which Tuvalu is a party;
- Assisting the Attorney-General’s Office and other relevant government departments in regard to incidents of non-compliance with Tuvalu’s fishery laws;
- Providing access to information on Tuvalu fisheries, including through the development and maintenance of a Fisheries Department library and website;
- Production of public information materials on the work of the Department, and the Tuvalu fisheries sector in general;
- Representing Tuvalu at high-level fishery discussions and negotiations;
- Managing and keeping records of departmental expenditure, travel, training and personnel issues.
In 2015, Tuvalu will host the annual Forum Fisheries Committee meetings of officials (May) and Ministers (July). Although preparation for these meetings will involve all TFD staff, the Administration group will be responsible for overall coordination.