Coastal Fisheries Division

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Inshore fisheries support livelihoods, food security, nutrition and dietary health throughout the islands of Tuvalu. The Coastal Fisheries Division is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of these resources now and into the future. Because Tuvalu’s legislation essentially places control of inshore fisheries in the hands of local government, the Coastal Fisheries Division needs to work […]

The First Coastal Fisheries Meeting : RTMCF Regional Technical Meeting on Coastal Fisheries

This month seven Coastal Fisheries officers of the Tuvalu Fisheries Department will attend the First Regional Technical Meeting on Coastal Fisheries (RTMCF) in Noumea, New Caledonia. The meeting will start on the 28th of November and run for a period of five days. The primary aim of the RTMCF is to improve coastal fisheries management […]

FRFSP: Funafuti Reef Fisheries Stewardship Plan to be launched in December

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The Funafuti Reef Fisheries Stewardship Plan (FRFSP) has been under development most of this year. The plan was formulated through extensive consultations with communities, leaders, the Funafuti Island Council and interest groups and is now ready to be launched on 14th December at Tausoa Lima in Funafuti. The plan is a culmination of several years […]

Latest Department Metronome Trip : A milestone in the annual work plan

Seven Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD) officers carried out one of the regular outer islands ‘Metronome’ trips during August. This trip was to the southern islands (Nukulaelae & Niulakita), to liaise with the Kaupule (island council) members and the communities and to carry out fisheries work programme activities. The team was away for one week, from […]

3rd Fisheries Monitoring & Management Consultation with Funafuti Community FMMC3

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Coastal Fisheries staff of the Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD) held the third fisheries monitoring & management consultation FMMC3 with the Funafuti community and Fishermen of Funafuti Association FOFA. The meeting was held on the 3rd of August 2017 at the Tausoalima Falekaupule with the primary aim of discussing options and obtaining feedback on management of […]

The Funafuti Reef Fisheries Stewardship Plan

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The Tuvalu Fisheries Department, in association with the Funafuti Kaupule (Island Council), Falekaupule (Elders), Fishermen in Funafuti Association (FOFA) and the community is developing a comprehensive plan for the management of stressed fishery resources on Funafuti Atoll. The plan is expected to optimise our use and benefits from fisheries. The Funafuti Reef Fisheries Stewardship Plan […]

Connecting People to Nature: Why Protect our Marine Resources?

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A tour to Fualopa, an islet within Funafuti’s conservation area was part of the Fisheries’ department’s role played in World Environment Day 2017.  The visit was organised as an awareness activity to link to the World Environment Day theme on “Connecting People to Nature”.  The Funafuti Conservation Area (FCA), a marine protected area, extends  from […]

Fisheries Monitoring and Management 2nd Consultation (FMMC2) 27th April 2017

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The Coastal and Operations & Development Sections of the Fisheries Department will be holding a second Fisheries Monitoring and Management Consultation (FMMC2). The meeting will be held at the Tausoalima Falekaupule on Thursday the 27th of April 2017.This is a follow-up meeting from FMMC1 which was run in February and which sought the views of […]

A Large Number of Lollyfish (Holothuria atra) washed ashore

Early in the morning at about 7:50 am on the 8th of March 2017, a report was made to the Fisheries Department that there were extensive numbers of sea cucumbers called lollyfish (Holothuria atra) scattered on the Funafuti seashore. Many of the animals were dead, while some were still active. Lollyfish is a common shallow […]

First Fisheries Monitoring and Management Consultation (FMMC) with the Funafuti Community on the Funafuti reef fishery

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The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD) organised a consultation with the Funafuti community, Fale Kaupule, Kaupule, Funafuti Fishermen’s Association and outer island leaders on monitoring and management of coastal reef fisheries. The meeting ran for one and a half days, on the 23rd and 24th February 2017 at Tausoa Lima in Funafuti. The meeting was part […]