TFD detained Purse Seine Fishing vessel Micronesia 101 for official custody

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FV Micronesia 101

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department detained the purse seine fishing vessel name Micronesia 101 due to the violation of section 63 of the Tuvalu Marine Resources Act 2006 (and the Marine Resources (Amendment) Act 2017). One of the FV Micronesia 101 crew dumped broken winch cable into the lagoon while transhipment in the Funafuti port.

The monitoring observer of the fishing vessel reported the incident  to the Tuvalu fisheries department. The incident occurred on the 10th of September 2018 at 10:45 am.

The fisheries department issued the company of the FV Micronesia 101 with the Notice of Violation and the Agreement Fine Settlement Agreement. The company agreed to pay the specified fine of $50 000 by the 26th September 2018 as provided under the Agreement Fine Settlement Agreement.

Section 63 of the Marine Resources Act and as amended by the section 35 of the Marine Resources (Amendment) Act 2017 now provides a maximum fine of $2 000 000 for any violation of this offence.

The Oceanic staffs of the fisheries department, as part of their duties always reminded the vessel captain of the requirements of transhipment laws of Tuvalu and the captains of each vessel that undertake transhipment in Tuvalu are reminded to follow the Marine Resources Act and any other relevant laws.

“Cooperation is needed from the public, to report any of these sorts of incidence to the Fisheries department office. The Fisheries Department will enforce the Marine Resources Act, and companies of any foreign fishing vessel transhipment in Tuvalu are also kindly reminded to inform their vessels to follow and respect the laws of Tuvalu,” an officer of the Fisheries Department said.

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Closed:Expression of Interest : A Mid Term Review Consultant (14/09/2018)

The Tuvalu Government has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) and the project intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultancy services. The services required at this time is for:

A Mid-Term Review Consultant to review the Tuvalu PROP project.

The Term of Reference for the above assignment can be obtained from the Tuvalu PROP Office OR click on the above text of services required.

Interested consultants/firms are invited to provide information indicating their qualifications to perform the assignment, including (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, and availability of appropriate skills among other things) together with their Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Director of Fisheries on the above address or email.

The successful consultant/firm for the above assignment will be selected under the Consultant Qualification Selection (CQS) in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition).

The closing date for Expression of Interest is at 4 pm – 14th September, 2018.

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Administration Group

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.

One of the milestones for 2018 is to ensure that all Fisheries staff and stakeholders understand and comply with the changes made in the Marine Resource Act Amendment 2017. Therefore awareness programs will be carried out this year to upgrade the capacity of staff.

It was initially expected that Tuvalu would commence implementation of the longline vessel-day scheme (LL-VDS) in 2018. However in late 2017  a decision was made to postpone LL-VDS implementation until 2019 to allow time for additional research on historical patterns of longline fishing activity in Tuvalu waters. This additional research is deemed necessary in order to allow proper price-setting and packaging of longline vessel-days.

Other major objectives which will be commenced this year are:

  • Investigating options for the possible conversion of the Fisheries Department to non-commercial statutory authority, so that it can function more effectively as a revenue-generation agency without the inefficiencies and constraints imposed by public service rules and regulations; and
  • Establishment of a fishery product food safety competent authority, so that fishery products caught in Tuvalu waters, or by Tuvalu vessels fishing elsewhere, can be sold into higher-value markets that are currently not available to us.
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Monitoring & Reporting of the 2018 Work Plan

Smoke fish Training with Funafuti Women

Monitoring of Work Programme implementation and delivery will primarily be through the monthly meetings of the SMC.

In addition, quarterly progress reports will be produced by the TFD, both for internal purposes and to respond to the requirements of the Government of Tuvalu (Planning Department, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development) as well as NZAP, World Bank and UNDP/ GEF, the Department’s major external development partners.

The Department will also continue to produce Annual Reports for submission to and approval by Cabinet.

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Organisation

TFD Organizational Structure

The TFD organizational structure was revised as part of the Cabinet decision of September 2013, and came into effect on 1st January 2014. Two new positions were established as a result of the 2016 workforce plan that was approved by cabinet in late 2016, and additional positions in 2017, as detailed below.

The Department now comprises:

  1. An administration group, comprising the Director and Deputy Director, several professionals with cross-cutting responsibilities (Legal Officer, Economist and Librarian/ Public Relations Officer and IT Manager) and the Executive staff. The group is responsible, among other things, for recommending fishery policy initiatives, negotiating fishery access arrangements, and establishing joint ventures in which the Tuvalu Government has an interest;
  2. An Oceanic Fisheries Division, responsible for industrial fishery vessel licensing, sale of fishery access rights, compliance with Tuvalu’s obligations under international fishery treaties and conventions, and monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing activities within the exclusive economic zone EEZ;
  3. A Coastal Fisheries Division, responsible for inshore fishery resource assessment, monitoring, and providing support to kaupule, fishers associations and other stakeholders in the management of coastal fishery resources and the marine environment, both in Funafuti and the outer islands;
  4. An Operations & Development Division, responsible for the running of the TFD vessel Manaui, construction and deployment of fish aggregation devices, training of fishers and fishing vessel crew, and other development-oriented activities.

 

 

 

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FFA assists Fisheries staff and Government Departments to boost their perception on US Treaty

IMG20180718111818 (2)Mr Kaburoro Ruaia, the US Treaty Manager and Ms Kasipo M Teo, the legal officer from the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) office, conducted a US Treaty workshop at the new Fisheries building conference room this month. The consultation was run from 18th to 20th of July 2018.

The consultation was made to assist Fisheries staff, and the departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General’s Office in the ratification of the Amendments to the Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America.

Mr Ruaia, presented to the stakeholders who attended the workshop, the status and an update on the treaty and the status of its ratification. He further looked at the benefits that the treaty has provided to the Tuvalu Fisheries Department and the Tuvalu Government as a whole.

Ms Kasipo stressed the importance of ratifying the amendments to the US Treaty for the region and to Tuvalu in particular. This included the benefits that the Treaty provides to Tuvalu and the region as a whole.

The Pacific Island States and the government of the United States of America agreed to the US Treaty on 6th December 2016, concluding it on the 6th December 2016 in Nadi, Fiji. Since that time, the Treaty has operated on a provisional arrangement under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Pacific Island states (except for Fiji and Australia) whilst pending ratification by all Pacific Island states and the US.

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Save our ocean and beat plastic pollution!

P60800718The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD) took awareness on a healthy ocean and the issue of plastic pollution to the islets of Funafuti last week on a field trip as part of the Environment Week celebrations. This year, international Environment Week was themed as “25 years of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) safe-guarding Life on Earth” and “Beat plastic pollution”.

TFD’s main focus was ‘Save our ocean and living creatures, and beat plastic pollution’ which targeted Form 2 students from Nauti Primary School and the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School.

The field trip took place at Fualopa islet, one of the islets within the Funafuti Conservation Area (FCA), and participants were transported to the islet on the RV Tala Moana.

A hundred and twenty four people participated, including Form 2 students, teachers, officers of the Ridge to Reef Rroject (R2R0, staff from the departments of Agriculture, Waste, and Environment, the NAPA II Project, a member of the Funafuti Kaupule (Island Council), fisheries officers and a member from the Flower Power group.

At the islet, Form 2 students were divided into three groups, namely: Marine, Terrestrial and Beach, for an educational activity facilitated by Mr. Teleke Peleti, Mr. Tito Isala, Ms Miriama Taukiei and Ms Lilly Nafatali.

The main idea of these educational activities is for our children and especially the public to know how dangerous plastic pollution is to every living thing around us, especially in the sea, where fish is our daily source of intake.

During these activities, Ms Taukiei said that “The sea is not a dumping site for plastics and we should all work together to stop littering plastics on land, on the beach and in the sea”.

One student compared Funafuti to Fualopa islet. She said that “Fualopa is much cleaner than the main land especially the water and the fresh air”.

After all the activities, lunch was served prepared by the Fisheries Department. Participants ended the day’s activities with collecting rubbish on the islet before heading back to the mainland.

This field trip was fully funded by the Fisheries Department.

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Fisheries staff build their capacity on types of fishing techniques

DSC02627Staff of the Operation and Development section within the Fisheries Department underwent a week-long training from 24th May to the 1st of June 2018 on bottom fishing techniques and the use vacuum packaging using a sealer machine.

The training was facilitated by an expert on fishing and food technology from the Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation (OFCF), Mr. Keizo Takashi and with the help of Toma Hayashi, Operation & Development Technical Advisor.

During the week, three days were spent on trial fishing for squid, trying to find out whether or not there are squids in our ocean.

Two days of the training were spent on trial fishing for yellow fin tuna using electric reel and the final three days were spent on fish smoking and vacuum seal packing.

Mr. Keizo said, “The trial fishing for squid and yellow fin tuna was unsuccessful but I will come back in October this year to try again.”

Mr. Tupulaga, the Principal Fisheries Officer for the Operation and Development said, “When Mr. Keizo leaves for Japan, the operation and development staff will continue to explore trial fishing for squid and yellow fin tuna once a month.”

These exploratory fishing techniques were made in order to get new ideas on fishing techniques with an effort to divert fishing pressure off reef fish.

The training is also to adequately equip Operation and Development section staff to become trainers in these fishing areas, where they will be required to share their knowledge and skills with local fishermen at a later stage if the outcome of trial fishing is successful.

This training was funded by the OFCF of Japan.

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Closed:Expression of Interest : 2 Consultancy services required (7/05/2018)

GOTThe Tuvalu Government has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP) and the project intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultancy services. The services required at this time are:

1. An Individual Mid-Term Review Consultant to review the Tuvalu PROP project; and

2. An Individual Environmental and Social Safeguard Consultant to conduct safeguard assessments for the Tuvalu PROP project.

The Term of Reference for the above assignments can be obtained from the Tuvalu PROP office or the Fisheries new building office OR  click on the above text of services required.

Interested consultants are invited to provide information indicating that he/she is qualified to perform the assignment, including (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, and availability of appropriate skills among other things) together with his/her Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Director of Fisheries, Fisheries department, Teone  or email PROP at proptuv@gmai.com or contact by phone number at (688)20 348

The successful consultant for each of the above assignment will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition).

The closing date for Expression of Interest is at 4 pm – May 7, 2018.

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Closed:Fisheries Department : 3 Vacant Posts (8/03/2018)

GOTThe Tuvalu fisheries department of the Government of Tuvalu is seeking suitably qualified Tuvaluan citizens to fill 3 vacant positions within the fisheries department.

1. Storekeeper/Cleaner at level 10

2. Principal Fisheries officer – Coastal at level 5/4 and;

3. Principal Fisheries officer- Oceanic at level 5/4

Please click on the above vacant post texts to get full details on job descriptions and important notices, or contact the Public Service Commission’s office to obtain full details of the above vacant positions via telephone number 688 20110 during working hours only.

All interested applicants should address their applications to the Secretary of Office of the Prime Minister. Interested applicants are to submit their applications (Cover Letter) together with a: Form P2, Curriculum Vitae (CV), Certified copies of their qualification certificates; and Transcripts from recognised institutions to the Office of the Public Service Commission no later than 4.00pm the 8th of March 2018.

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