Operations & Development Division

Tala Moana
RV Tala Moana

Fisheries remains an important source of food, income and cultural identity for the people of Tuvalu. While the majority of fish consumed locally comes from coastal fisheries, production has decreased significantly in the last decade despite indications in our island communities of increasing fishing pressure. This suggests that the marine resources that support coastal fisheries in our communities are fully or over-exploited. This situation is likely further exacerbated by the impacts of climate change in coastal areas.

In order to maintain current levels of consumption of fisheries marine resources, TFD will need to develop improved fisheries management of near-shore resources as well as utilize adaptive responses that assist with the reduction in pressure and threats to marine resources. Thus, greater efforts are required to promote the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security and nutrition at the same time as enhancing the socio-ecological resilience of our island fishing communities.

Objective

“Supporting sustainable development of small-scale fisheries for livelihoods, food security and healthier diets”

Major Tasks

The Operation and Development section is responsible for a range of activities which are divided into 4 main tasks, which includes:

  • Livelihoods
  • FAD Program
  • Safety at sea program
  • Vessel operation

 Task One: Livelihoods

Revenue generating activities (RGAs) related to near-shore fishing are promoted and piloted in the target sites, including for youth and women. The following activities are to be carried out under this component;

  1. Training on fish processing, fish handling and production of smoke fish, tuna jerky and bottling
  2. Develop a packaging and marketing strategy for domestic / export sales of new products in or from Tuvalu
  3. Study on post-harvest products from tuna/pelagic and undertake trials to assess economic viability in Tuvalu.

 Task Two: FAD program

Awareness raising will be conducted to disseminate information on benefits of FADs and new fishing techniques (to be done together with the safety at sea programming). FADs will be deployed based on the adopted selection design and method in select areas to pilot new community FAD programmes. Training on FAD fishing will be given to trainers in the fisheries administration and fisher associations (training of trainers) and as well as directly to fishers. Partnerships between experts in FAD design and deployment within Fisheries sector and Fisher’s Associations will be supported with a focus on new fishing techniques, the maintenance of FADs and on other related aspects such as safety at sea and fish handling. Technical assistance will be procured to promote innovative local governance arrangements (FAD management plan and FAD MoU) to help fishers use and maintain the FAD adequately, safely and sustainably. O&D envisioned that all FADs construction in the future will be carried out by fishermen, but O&D will assist in the deployment. The following activities are to be carried out under this component;

  1. Rig and Deploy 9 FADs (including the >5n.mi offshore FAD in Funafuti), one on each island except Niulakita.
  2. Maintenance and Repair of existing FADs
  3. Training on FAD Fishing Technology
  4. Develop Anchored FAD management plan
  5. Signing of Revised FAD MoU

Task Three: Enhanced Safety at sea program

Assistance will design to improve training programmes on safety at sea, prevention of accidents and search and rescue (SAR). Trainings will be practical and include testing in real conditions with appropriate equipment including training of trainers through partners and regional institutions. Large-scale awareness raising will be promoted to reach out to fishers and their communities (including women and youth), so that fishers are better equipped and trained to prevent or handle any incident at sea during fishing operation. Activities under this component are as follows;

  1. Procure and distribute more Grab Bags to outer islands
  2. Training on how to utilize Grab bag items – at least one training on each island
  3. Training in maintenance and repair on Out board motor – all islands
  4. Checked and Maintained grab bag items yearly (Metronome trips)
  5. Procure and Install VHF repeater for Funafuti

Task Four: Vessel Operation

TFD is operating 2 vessels (RV Manaui and RV Tala Moana). Maintenance of both vessels continues to be a priority activity given their old age. The fact is both vessels has reached the stage where continuous repairs and maintenance has become the norm. Therefore, keeping both vessels operational and sea worthy is a big task for our section. A project to replace RV Manaui is now in progress with the support of JICA.

Despite both vessels’ old age and frequent breakdowns, both vessels will continue to provide services to both the Government and the people of Tuvalu. Thus, O&D will ensure both vessels operate in a safe condition and meets the Maritime standards. However, O&D will undertake the following activities to ensure both vessels provides the best and safer service to the Government and the Public;

  1. Execute 20 charters per vessel
  2. Generate revenues to meet operational cost for Tala Moana.
  3. Regular maintenance on both vessels
  4. Liaise with JICA on new Manaui status

Oceanic Fisheries Division

The Oceanic division serves two key functions: Managing fishing access, through licensing of foreign tuna fishing vessels and collection of data on their operations; and the Policing of our fisheries waters (EEZ) to prevent and deter unlicensed fishing and ensure compliance by licensed vessels with the terms and conditions of their fishing licenses.

The division comprises of two sub-divisions: 1) Licensing and Information, and 2) Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS). As the name implies, the former deals with issuance of fishing license whereas the latter being responsible for the policing of our waters against illegal, unregulated and unreported fisheries activities. In 2020 the Division will transition to a new structure with four work groups: Licensing (including data management); Enforcement and Compliance; VMS and VDS management; and the Observer Programme. The titles of these groups, each headed by a senior fisheries officer, are self-explanatory.

In line with the first & second objectives of the Fisheries Department’s New Corporate Plan 2020-2023, the division will focus its work programme on following activities:

  • Enhancing MCS of foreign fishing vessels’ (FFV) activities in Tuvalu’s Fishery waters;
  • Licensing of PS, LL, P&L, Carriers and Bunkers;
  • Improving the management of the Vessel Day Scheme (VDS);
  • Implementing the PNA LL Vessel Day Scheme (LL VDS);
  • Continue to make improvements to the Observer program;
  • Implementing e-reporting by Observers;
  • Collecting and disseminating tuna data to SPC and WCPFC;
  • Fulfilling Tuvalu’s obligations under relevant international and regional fisheries treaties to which Tuvalu is a party;
  • Strengthening human resources through attending internal and external capacity building training courses to enhance staff’s capacity;
  • Providing technical training and awareness programme to all stakeholders involved in MCS work.

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) continues to exist in the Pacific Ocean. A recent study suggests that IUU is driven largely by licensed vessels and relates to misreporting, non-reporting and under reporting. Hence the focus will be on improving compliance amongst all licensed vessels, while still deterring illegal fishing the EEZ.

Enforcement and Compliance activities require close collaboration with the Maritime Wing of the Tuvalu Police Department, the Attorney-General’s Office and other government agencies involved in maritime law enforcement. With the new Guardian-Class Patrol Boat from Australia’s Defence Program and with the FFA aerial surveillance program, together with the donor funding at our disposal, there is an opportunity to increase coverage of surface patrol operations in the EEZ to deter IUU activities.

The Tuvalu National Observer Programme currently has about eighty observers which is considered the optimal size. There has been a growing demand for Tuvaluan observers in recent times, thus the challenge is to maintain this positive trend. With the large number of observers, a Technical Advisor is strongly desired to provide advice and suggestions to the observer coordinator in managing the observer program effectively. The recruitment process has been completed and the TA is expected to come on board early in 2020.

One of the key priority activities for the Oceanic Fisheries Division is the hosting of the PNA Observer Agency Workshop and the Regional Observer Coordinator Workshop (ROCW) 2020 in early February. Several other activities, including participation in regional Surveillance operations, support to regional aerial surveillance operations and over-flights, and engagement in ship-rider programmes operated by QUAD (US, NZ, AUS & FR) Navy or Coastguard vessels will be carried out opportunistically but cannot be included in the work programme as dates are unknown at this stage.

Moreover, most of the MCS Division’s activities are ongoing or routine, such as observer deployment, observer data scanning, boarding and inspection of transshipment vessels, transhipment reconciling, VMS monitoring, VDS monitoring etc. However, a number of milestone tasks for 2020 are identified below.

Closed: Vacancy Announcement: PROP Project Officer (09/06/2020)

The Government of Tuvalu has received financing from the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility to participate in the Pacific Islands Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP). The objective of the PROP is to strengthen the management of selected Pacific Island oceanic and coastal fisheries, and the critical habitats upon which they depend. This will provide the basis for sustainable and increased economic benefits from this resource. PROP comprises of four components: (i) Sustainable management of oceanic fisheries; (ii) Sustainable management of coastal fisheries; (iii) Sustainable financing of the conservation of critical fishery habitats; and (iv) Regional Coordination, Implementation Support and Program Management.

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD) is the implementing agency for PROP in Tuvalu. To support the project implementation, TFD requires the services of a Project Officer (PO) established in the national project management unit (PMU). The Project Officer will be responsible for procurement activities; general administration to ensure project documentations are retained and properly filed; and logistical requirements of the project where he/she will provide support in arranging travels, workshops, etc. The officer will be based in Funafuti and will report to the PROP Project Coordinator.

Specific details of duties and responsibilities, Terms and condition for this position are shown below 1. Required qualifications and attributes in attachment 2 with additional information in attachment 3. These information can be downloaded from http://www.tuvalufisheries.tv/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20200403-Project-Officer-TOR-final_26052020.pdf

Qualified Tuvalu citizens are eligible to apply. Applications must include a cover letter, explaining the applicant’s reasons and motivation for applying; a curriculum vitae (CV) detailing the applicant’s education, qualifications and experience; and certified copies of transcript and certificate to support the application.

All applications should be addressed and sent to the: Director of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries and Trade, Teone, Funafuti, OR email to  proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tvproptuv@gmail.com.

The closing date for applications will be the close of business on the 9th June, 2020.

Late applications will not be considered.

  1. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Project Officer (PO) will report to the PROP National Project Coordinator and under the following duties:

Procurement Related Duties

With support and guidance from the World Bank Procurement Specialist, the PO will work with the PROP Project Coordinator and Tuvalu Fisheries Department staff on procurement requirements of the project. The PO will ensure that all procurement is conducted in accordance with the provisions in the legal agreements between the World Bank and the Government of Tuvalu.

a. Procurement Management

  • Monitor the implementation of and keep up to date the project procurement plan; 
  • Assist in the preparation of procurement activities for goods, works and services as appropriate including: drafting technical specifications, Invitations to Quote, bidding documents, terms of reference and draft contracts;
  • Assist with any clearances processes from relevant government agencies and/or the World Bank task team;
  • Assist with the procurement process including advertising, receiving bids/proposals, drafting no objection requests for the Project Coordinator; organizing evaluation committees and publishing results of tender processes as relevant; 
  • Coordinate with the Project Accountant on procurement activities to ensure alignment and availability of budget; 
  • Stay informed about any new regulations affecting procurement under the project. Periodically consulting as needed the Program Operations Manual and proposing modification or updates of this document as needed;
  • Stay informed about relevant government regulations including, tax regulations, customs regulations and any procurement regulations that may apply to the project.

b. Vendor/Contract Management 

  • Maintain a list of vendors supplying general items for project implementation;
  • Check invoices to ensure correct price, follow through to ensure that materials ordered have been received and comply with specifications, examine the conditions of material received, and approve invoices for payment;
  • Interact with the Project Accountant in the monitoring of the correct and timely payment to contractors and consultants, according to the contract provisions;
  • Assist the PROP National Project Coordinator or other designated persons in the administration of the contract according to the provisions of the contract and procurement regulations.

c. Procurement Reporting and Outputs 

  • Monitor and report the procurement implementation status and progress to the National Project Coordinator, TFD and the World Bank as required. 
  • Assist with the preparation of a quarterly procurement status report. 
  • Assist the PROP National Project Coordinator in the preparation of any procurement related reports required by the Project. 
  • Maintaining safe, complete, updated, organized and easily retrievable filing system for procurement records and retains those records during the time established by the donors and local regulations. 
  • Maintain an asset register for items procured under the project.

General Administration and Logistics Duties

Under the direction of the PROP National Project Coordinator provide administrative and logistical support to the program as needed, activities include: 

  • Filing of all project related documents;
  • Assist the PROP National Project Coordinator with project reporting requirements; 
  • Assist the PROP National Project Accountant with the preparation of project payments, including delivery of project documents to stakeholders in Funafuti, arranging for signatures by authorised officers, and other errands as required; 
  • Arrange project related travel; 
  • Logistical and administrative support to consultants and technical advisors engaged under the PROP; 
  • Undertake shopping for goods and services associated with incremental operating costs; 
  • Scheduling meetings/programs for incoming visits or outgoing trips; 
  • Arrange workshops, conferences, meetings;
  • Contribute to project communications activities and outreach, including drafting short briefs and summaries of results achieved under the project; 
  • Other duties as required under the direction of the PROP National Project Coordinator.

2. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Position Profile

The position requires high quality professional work for management of project administration and procurement. The position also requires good judgement, integrity and ability to come up with innovative solutions to project procurement issues. Essential qualifications at this level include a degree, diploma or other appropriate tertiary qualification as well as relevant experienced commensurate with the job.

Required Qualification and Experience

  • Tertiary education from a recognized institution in Business Administration, Commerce or other relevant degree. 
  • Minimum of two (2) years relevant experience. 
  • Experience working in a team environment. Fluency in written and spoken English, and ability to communicate clearly through e-mail and formal correspondence. 
  • Competency in the use of computer applications, especially MS Office and Excel.

Additional Desirable Requirements:

  • Ability to learn quickly. 
  • Organized and detail oriented person. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure. 
  • Experience in procurement (desirable, but not mandatory as the selected candidate will receive immediate intensive training in procurement). 
  • Familiarity with the use of internet services to seek product specifications and obtain quotations or cost estimates. 
  • Possess a valid driving license for a motor bike and car.

3. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Duration

This is a full time ‘Contract Officer’ position. The appointment will be for an initial four months with view of extension.

At the end of 4-months, the contractor’s performance will be reviewed. If satisfactory, a contract extension for 23 months will then be issued

Remuneration

Remuneration for this position will be at Level 5 of the Tuvalu Civil Service Salary Structure for 2020, plus a 20% loading to cover incidental costs (including personal transportation) and to account for the nonpermanent nature of the position. The salary band within Level 5 will be agreed with the successful applicant based on qualifications and experience.

Payments will be made at the rate of 1/26th of the agreed remuneration rate per fortnight.

The amount of remuneration will be fixed for this period.

The level of remuneration may be renegotiated after 2 years in the event of contract renewal.

Other benefits

  • Employer’s National Provident Fund contribution (10% of salary); 
  • A housing allowance of $6,000 per contract year, payable at $230.77/ fortnight; 
  • A utility allowance or entitlement of $2,300 per contract year payable at $191.67/ monthly as reimbursable on submission of invoice or receipts; 
  • 30 working days annual leave per year. Annual leave may not be accumulated between years, and if not taken will be lost; 
  • Annual leave passage entitlement of $2,000 payable annually as reimbursable on submission of invoice or receipts; and 
  • Maximum of 10 working days sick leave per year.

Office facilities

The PROP Office will provide space, office furniture, computer equipment, stationery, internet access and other facilities required for the effective performance of the contractor’s duties.

Transportation

The contractor will responsible for his/ her own transportation as required to attend the office.

Travel

When the contractor is required to travel for professional purposes within Tuvalu or internationally, boat or air tickets and other travel costs will be paid directly by the PROP. The contractor’s accommodation costs and other expenses will be covered by the PROP using Tuvalu Government per diem rates.

Key PROP Reference Documents

  • Project Documents: PROP Project Appraisal Document (PAD) and Program Operational Manual (POM) 
  •  Annual Planning: PROP national project budget and procurement plan; and annual work plan 
  • Legal Agreements: PROP Financing and Grant Agreements between the World Bank and Tuvalu, including the Disbursement Letter and the Service Agreement between Tuvalu and FFA. 
  • Environmental and Social Safeguards: PROP Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF).

These and other relevant documents can be downloaded from the Tuvalu Fisheries Department web site  https://www.tuvalufisheries.tv/  Underlined documents are still being finalized and will be made available as soon as possible.

Celebrating World Tuna Day in Tuvalu: Tuna, Our Hope & Pride

CollageMaker_20200507_164023630[1]Tuvalu celebrated for the second time World Tuna Day this year 2020. The Ministry of Fisheries and Trade coordinated and organized activities for the public in celebrating this important day. Despite, the threat of COVID-19 to the people of Tuvalu, a lot of people did participate in competitions and enjoyed activities in celebrating the day and the lead up to it. Events mainly took place at the Tulaakiga Hall at Vaiaku from the 28th April to the 2nd of May 2020.

There were a lot of competitions and activities – more than last year. The event was started with competitions in colouring, drawing, posters, writing poems, paragraphs, essays and speeches. This engaged young people of all ages from Pre-schools, Primary schools, Secondary and University Foundation, with the great help of their schools and teachers. Other events comprised the song competition, futsal and volleyball tournaments, swimming competition, eating competition, Tuvaluan canoe racing and the fishing competition.

The programme for activities started on Tuesday the 28th April with the students engaged in drawing, colouring, poems, paragraphs, essay writing and speeches. On Thursday the 30th April was the opening ceremony of the event, followed by the song competition and the fishing competition. The prize for the biggest tuna was won with a yellowfin tuna of 98 centimeters long. The prize for the most fish was won with the amount of 6 yellowfin tuna.

The Acting Minister for Fisheries and Trade Hon. Ampelosa Tehulu, posed the following question in his speech during the Opening ceremony: “If this species, tuna, is our hope and pride, as a Tuvaluan, what is your contribution to preserve our hope, what is your contribution to preserve our pride in order to keep within us this precious hope and to have pride in the significance of this precious asset to our country Tuvalu?”

The Ministry of Fisheries and Trade also invited the Fusialofa (association for the disabled) and the Spar boxing group to entertain during the world tuna events, as well as dancing groups from the two secondary schools. The programme ended with the formal closing dinner in the evening of 2nd May at the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel attended by the Prime Minister and other Ministers. Winners of all the activities and competitions were awarded their prizes during the closing dinner.

Tuna species are vitally important in terms of food security for the people of Tuvalu and for the national economy. Tuvalu is an active member of all the regional organisations involved in tuna fisheries – PNA, FFA, SPC and WCPFC.

Below are tables showing the prize winners for all competitions during activities of the World Tuna Day 2020. Prizes were donated by six tuna fishing companies that are bilateral partners of Tuvalu: Sajo, Shilla, Dongwon, Fong Kuo, RD Tuna, and Fairwell. Their generous support for the World Tuna Day programme is greatly appreciated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade.

COLOURING COMPETITION

PRE-SCHOOL CATEGORY

AGE: 3

Position Name School
1st Tarantewea Tepa Olave Oakley
2nd Pouta Falaoa Vaiaku
3rd Jack Pedro A.O.G

AGE: 4

Position Name School
1st Fialei Kelesi Vaiaku
2nd Selinda Patala Lofeagai
3rd Gloria Samasoni A.O.G

AGE: 5

Position Name School
1st Jnr Pogia Tateua Lofeagai
2nd Lupemua A.O.G
3rd Esita Vaevalu Vaiaku

CLASS 1 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Vineta Kaitumana NPS
2nd Tausili James NPS
3rd Vinny Kerry NPS

DRAWING COMPETITION

CLASS 2 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1ST Losa SDA
2ND Nuku Iosefa NPS
3RD Lakei Simeona NPS

CLASS 3 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Suligita Pogia NPS
2nd Atiriana NPS
3rd Kamari Kalafaga NPS

CLASS 4 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Taulau NPS
2nd Maleta M NPS
3rd Iafeta Ioane SDA

POSTER COMPETITION

CLASS 5 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Loise Kim SDA
2nd Wilshere Manraoi SDA
3rd Ulia Molesi SDA

CLASS 6 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Telaufatu Letia NPS
2nd Azleen F SDA
3rd Cinta Tupulaga NPS

POETRY COMPETITION

CLASS 7/FORM 1 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Seuila Sagapolutele NPS
2nd Alieni Pine NPS
3rd Paae Tavei SDA

CLASS 8/FORM 2 CATEGORY

Position Name School
1st Lily Pugameau NPS
2nd Joe Taualo NPS
3rd Lakera Ioane SDA

PARAGRAPH WRITING COMPETITION

FORM 3

Position Name School
1st Miliifatoaga Galau Lauti MSS
2nd Milly-aina Teitala MSS
3rd Mililani Homasi MSS

FORM 4

Position Name School
1st Nina Rosie Managreve MSS
2nd Kausea George FSS
3rd Lulia Laupane FSS

ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION

FORM 5

Position Name School
1st Maike Pugameau FSS
2nd Esther Eterina Maheu FSS
3rd Kenneth Jnr Green FSS

SPEECH COMPETITION

FORM 6

Position Name School
1st Roling Pugameau FSS
2nd Vaioita Polau FSS
3rd Thomas Ituaso MSS
4th Raijeli Isala FSS

FORM 7/FOUNDATION USP

Position Name School
1st Makelita Leota USP
2nd Tele Vailagi MSS
3rd Harry Fousaga USP
Song Competition Names
Single Category
1st prize Lilly Pugameau
2nd Prize Tusaga Iosefa
3rd Prize Lauolive Faila
Group Category
1st Prize Romalive Sisters
Fishing Competition Names
Biggest Fish
1st – 98cm Talavalu Lipua
2nd – 85cm Simeona Italeli
3rd – 64cm Talavalu Lipua
Most amount of fish pieces
1st – 6 pieces Talavalu Lipua
2nd – 5 pieces Kauvaka Siuele
3rd – 3 pieces Taukili & Tekiata
Eating Competition Names
Men’s Category
1st Josh Tupata
2nd Toma
3rd Kwillan O’Brien
Women’sCategory
1st Lei Aso
2nd Liufale
3rd Jonimila Isala
Raw Tuna Dish Competition Names
1st – 2 ties Charles Leepo and Futuna Frank
2nd Mahu Tinapa
3rd – 2 ties Salini Uliamu and Tapua Pasuna
Canoeing Competition Names
1st Sitepu
2nd Josh Tupata
3rd Logotau Tealagali
Swimming Competition Names
Men’s Category
1st Fini Iuni
2nd Siona Siona
3rd Darren Failautusi
Women’s Category
1st Taumafai Tinapa
2nd Esther Tomasi
3rd Trish Drecala Lifuka
Volleyball Tournament (Women) Names
1st Haapai team
2nd Niutao team
3rd Nauti team
Best female Player Tealalei Tauanoa
Futsal Tournament (Men) Names
1st Chinatown Club
2nd Tubamba Club
3rd COVID-19 Club
Best Player Nelesone Kiula (Chinatown)
Top Scorer Teuati Titivalu (Nauti Youth)

Closed: Request for Expressions of Interest: Consultancy to establish size limits for key species of coastal finfish in Funafuti Lagoon

PROP World Bank Logo

The Tuvalu Government has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP), and the project intends to apply part of the proceeds for the following consulting services.

The consulting services (“the Services”) include the following objectives:

  • Identify 20 or so ‘key species for Funafuti that important for food security ad seem to ne at risk of excessive harvesting before reaching sexual maturity;
  • Design a practical and cost effective sampling programme, building on existing creel surveys that will provide robust estimates of the size at maturity of these species taking into account seasonality;
  • Initiate sampling programme and provide training for TFD staff in assessing gonad development in a range of species as well as compiling and analyzing the results to produce sound based recommendations for size limits;
  • The propose level of input for this assignment is around 35 days and to start as soon as travel restriction eases or lifted.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for this assignment can be downloaded here: ToR for Tuvalu reef fish size limits study

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department now invites eligible consulting firms (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s http://www.worldbank.org/html/opr/consult/contents.html (January 2011 edition), and (“Consultant Guidelines”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest. The best qualified firm to carry out the services will be selected in accordance with the Selection Based on Consultant’s Qualifications (CQS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines, and based on the following criteria  Firm’s core business and years in business, Relevant experience in the area of this assignment, Technical and managerial capability of the firm, Mandatory requirements highlighted in the TOR.

For further information you can email: proptuv@gmail.com/ OR proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tv  during office hours: 0800 to 1700.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by e-mailed to the above email address before the close of business on April 23, 2020.

Tuvalu Government COVID19 Travel Advisory 24 Feb 2020

 

Tuvalu-crestThis advisory was issued by the Ministry of Health, Social Welfare and Gender Affairs, Department of Health on 24th February 2020.

As of 24 February 2020, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus in Tuvalu. Effective immediately and until further notice, as part of the Tuvalu Government’s continuing efforts to contain the global spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), now officially called COVID-19, Tuvalu borders (air and seaports) are closed to persons who have visited or transited through mainland China or any ‘high risk’ country within 14 days of their intended travel to Tuvalu. All travelers in these categories must remain in self-isolation in a country that is not ‘high risk’ for 14 days before traveling to Tuvalu.

Given the global spread of the virus, the government has decided on this measure of precaution in the interest of mitigating the risk of an outbreak of the virus in Tuvalu. The Tuvalu Government continues to work closely with its international carriers to ensure that all travelers who fall under these restrictions are not permitted to board flights from Suva, Fiji or Tarawa, Kiribati or enter Tuvalu waters on shipping vessels. Shipping vessel operators in Tuvalu are also mandated to submit their voyage memo, listing seafarers on board and report any person on board who has been sick in the last 14 days.

In addition to the existing integrated Tuvalu ‘Immigration /Customs /Health Declaration Form’, other precautionary border control measures are being conducted at the airport and seaport; including the completion of a supplementary health declaration form (specific to COVID-19) and compulsory health screening, including infrared temperature checks and further examination where necessary upon arrival.

Tuvalu deems a COVID-19 high risk country as one where there is ‘local transmission’ (i.e. COVID-19 cases with possible or confirmed transmission outside of China). This information can be sourced from WHO’s daily situational report.

General Hygiene Tips

❖ Do not travel if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice early.
❖ Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
❖ When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a
closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
❖ Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, you have been in close contact with someone who has traveled from China or you have visited a country in the last 14 days that has reported ‘ local’ transmission of the virus.

Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances,
2019-nCoV could be one of them.

For more information about Basic Protective Measures refer to: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
For more information for the latest coronavirus confirmed case numbers refer to: https://bit.ly/31LzXSB
WHO’s daily situational report, available at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Refresher training for Funafuti Fishermen: New fishing techniques

IMG_0135The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD), in collaboration with  the Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan, have been providing technical training for local fishermen in Funafuti.

Mr Keizo Takahashi, a specialist expert in fishing techniques and post-harvest processing of fish, from OFCF Japan, facilitated this training. Assistance was provided by TFD’s Operations and Development (O&D) Fisheries officers and Mr Toma Hayashi, the O&D Fishery Advisor.

The training is part of the technical assistance provided by OFCF of Japan, with the help of the TFD. The training focused mainly on new methods of fishing. Fishermen upgraded their skills learning to use new fishing gears and new techniques for trolling.

The training, run at the Fisheries building, commenced last week and ended this week with the construction of a smoking box.

There were 20 participants, fishermen, who attended the training. Mr Nelly Seniola, Operation & Development Fisheries Training Officer said that the training was indeed advantageous and successful.

One of the fisherman participants, Mr Faatumua Suinauna, said, “the training was indeed important for us fishermen, where from my point of view  I have  learned quite new methods of utilizing new fishing gears, and most important was the part on construction’s of a smoke box”. Mr Suinauana also thanked OFCF expert officers and Fisheries staff for their great support in providing such training in updating fishermen on new fishing techniques.

The training was funded by the OFCF of Japan.

IMG_0158The OFCF have been working in collaboration with the TFD in terms of providing technical and financial support through Fisheries Development Assistance. OFCF is a non-profit organization which conducts cooperative programs under general guidance and funding contributions from the Japanese Government.

Our Organisation: Plans for 2020

In 2020 will see some strengthening of the Department’s staffing, reflecting the growing importance and complexity of systems for the oceanic fishery, as well as the growth of the observer programme and transhipment monitoring. We also recognise the need to provide more support for small-scale fisheries management and development. Our 2 inter-island vessels (Tala Moana and Manaui) have increased the workload of the Operations & Development Section. The new structure shown above will be implemented, for the most part, in 2020. Further changes will be needed in subsequent years as the work programme develops in areas such as coastal fisheries management, compliance and enforcement, laboratory services, mariculture, and support for fish marketing from the outer islands. Pay grades may also need to be reviewed to reflect additional responsibilities and for greater consistency. The Department comprises four sections, with different areas of responsibility:
  • The Administration Section, which is led by the Director, includes the Deputy Director, Legal Officer, Economist, Information Officer and IT Manager, as well as administrative staff. The group is responsible for fisheries access agreements, fisheries policy including regional initiatives, management of development projects, as well as planning and administration of the Division.
  • The Oceanic Fisheries Section, led by a Principal Fisheries Officer (PFO), is responsible for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of the tuna fishery. Main work areas include vessel licensing, reporting and data collection, VMS and VDS monitoring, coordinating aerial surveillance and patrol boat operations, transhipment monitoring and the observer programme.
  • The Coastal Fisheries Division, also led by a PFO, is responsible for inshore fisheries resource assessment and management, as well as monitoring of the marine environment. The Division works closely with the Kaupules and other stakeholders in the community. Three teams, each led by a Senior Fisheries Officer, are responsible for work: in Funafuti; the outer islands; and on resource monitoring and assessment (including aquaculture).
  • The Operation and Development Division is responsible for the operation of the Department’s two vessels – Manaui and Tala Moana – including managing charters. The Division also has responsibility for the FAD programme, promoting sea safety, and training in fishing and fish processing. The development of boatbuilding and the new offshore fishing project will be led by this Division, working closely with local fishermen and their associations.

Progressing the Funafuti Reef Fisheries Stewardship Plan

The Coastal team of the Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD), consulted with the Funafuti community just before Christmas to review the current status of the Funafuti Reef Fisheries Stewardship Plan (FRFSP).

This FRFSP consultation started with speeches from heads of the Funafuti Community, Chief Executive officer of the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade, Mr Nikolasi Apinelu and Mr Samasoni Finikaso, Director of Fisheries.

There followed by presentations on the current progress of the FRFSP from TFD officers, and Funafuti Conservation Area (FCA) officer representing from the Funafuti Town Council. The RIDGE to Reef (R2R) officer also presented and outlined their linkage with the FRFSP with their contributions and support provided to the Funafuti community.

There was an open discussion, suggestions and recommendations at the end of the presentations to improve the future operation of the FRFSP.

This FRFSP was first initiated through this Fisheries Monitoring and Management Consultation (FMMC). There were a total of four consultations in 2017. This was the first series of FRFSP consultation established to alert the public on the condition of the reef and inshore marine resources in Funafuti and to start the process of recovering back to fertile levels.

The Pacific Regional Oceanscape Program (PROP), under the World Bank, supported the FRFSP in terms of providing financial assistance to implement activities and equipment.

The TFD First and Second creel reports show that inshore fisheries in Funafuti are overfished. In the first report “A total of 14,508 specimens were landed and measured just in Funafuti during the study, including 180 species of fishes. Of the 22 species that could be evaluated for signs of overfishing, 13 (60% of species) had 50% or more of the catch under the size of maturity”.

Senior Fisheries officer for Coastal division on Funafuti Mr Sitia Maheu said: “The TFD and Funafuti Council are urging the Funafuti community and other island communities who resides on Funafuti to comply with the Funafuti Reef Fish Stewardship Plan and other Regulations to return the abundance of reef fishes in Funafuti”.

The TFD is and will continue to work in cooperating with the Funafuti community, Funafuti Town Council, R2R and PROP to ensure the future operation and effectiveness of the FRFSP.

Marine resources are the primary source of protein for the people of Tuvalu and therefore the Tuvalu Fisheries Department is working to manage and monitor inshore fisheries for the livelihoods and food security for the whole of Tuvalu.

Creel Survey Report shows overfishing for inshore species

Coastal staff monitoring a fisher’s catch

The Coastal Team of the Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD) and local data collectors from eight islands of Tuvalu have found that overfishing is now a major issue for Tuvalu inshore fishes. The Coastal Team’s survey data, shows that inshore fisheries throughout Tuvalu are showing stress.

According to the TFD Creel Survey Report No. 2 there were a total of 39,263 specimens measured during the survey (2015-2018), including 268 inshore species of fishes in 106 families and 134 genera, and a total of 42.13 tones of catches measured. The results show that 39% of species were being landed with 50% or more of the fish undersized; that is, smaller than their known size at which they can reproduce. This shows that there is a pressure on the coastal reef fish resources on all islands surveyed. 

The TFD currently play a role in Funafuti, in partnership with the Kaupule, fishers and communities in managing this issue through implementing Funafuti Reef Fishery Stewardship Plan (FRFSP). Among the FRFSP priorities is to strengthen the Funafuti Conservation Area (FCA), establisg size limits for fishes and encourage the diverion of fishing effort more offshore to tuna and other pelagic species. This is the second creel report the Coastal section has prepared since the first creel report TFD Creel Survey Report, 1 was published in 2016.

The analysis of creel survey data is a regular part of the Coastal Fisheries Section work. This work is being done to provide anonymous information on the fishers, data on the resources being caught and the effort required in a way that can be used to assess the health of the inshore fishery. One of the main aspects of the creel survey is to identify stressed resources in need of management.

the Coastal Section of TFD has been undertaking its creel survey since April 2015 and the work is on-going on all islands of Tuvalu except for Niulakita. Monitoring over time will provide feedback to management actions by providing a trace of percent of the catch below size at maturity over time. If management is successful in improving the state of the resources, we should see the percentage of undersized reef fishes decline. Overall productivity is expected to increase when the breeding population is improved.

Outer Island Data Collectors (OIDCs) and the Coastal Survey Team have been meeting fishers at their landing sites to interview them and collect data on the methods and gear they are using for fishing. Fishing locations and their perceptions on the fishery and changes over time are also collected. At the same time, the team measure and weigh each specimen in the catch. All data are then entered into a database from which the coastal team can access results to assess the resources.

Collecting data is an on-going task with data collectors from all Tuvalu islands providing much of the data on fish identifications and filling in details on all parts of the survey sheet. The Coastal Team conduct awareness programmes and consultations with communities on the results of the surveys and the implementation of the Funafuti Reef Fisheries Stewardship Plan. Fishery management are also being developed with the Kaupules and communities on all the outer islands of Tuvalu

Dry-docking RV Tala Moana

RV Tala Moana

The Fisheries Research Vessel, Tala Moana will soon dock in Suva, Fiji for maintenance and repair. The Tala Moana is planning to dock next month for a one week period from the 2nd to the 6th December 2019 to fix it starboard main engine. It is planned that the vessel will leave Funafuti on the 21st November 2019.

The vessel has 9 crew, including the Skipper, Mate, Chief Engineer, Second Engineer, and the Bosun, the Second Able Seaman, an ongoing Seafarer and two qualified motormen.

The Fisheries Department operates the Tala Moana vessel and has confirmed when the  Tala Moana will be leaving for Suva. The purpose of the work is to carry out normal maintenance and get the Tala Moana back to its full operation. This vessel provides an important service to the Tuvalu Fisheries Department TFD, and for other Government Departments and  as well as outer island Projects and field missions. One of the regular uses of the Tala Moana is for the Coastal and Operations & Development sections to go on their quarterly “Metronome” trips to gather data and assist the Kaupules, fishermen and communities with fisheries-related matters.

The RV Tala Moana has completed at total of 69 TFD, Government, Project and Private sector charters since its arrival in late 2015.

The Tala Moana, a 32- metre steel vessel, was procured by UNDP using GEF funds allocated to Tuvalu primarily to support the operations of the NAPA2 and Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Projects in which the Department is heavily involved. The Tala Moana was delivered in December 2015 and is better suited to passenger transport and outer-island fieldwork than the Extension Vessel Manaui. The vessel is much larger than anticipated which makes it more costly to run but also enables it to be used for Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS) patrols.

Coastal Team focus plan to improve inshore fisheries

IMG_1758-1-1024x768Inshore Fisheries Advisor (IFA), Dr Uschi Kaly conducted a workshop with the Coastal team of the Tuvalu Fisheries Department this week. The workshop was dedicated to developing the Coastal Section’s Annual Work Plan for 2020 and beyond, and the proposed budget for 2020-2022, alongside with polishing the Coastal Fisheries staff’s skills.

The main idea of this workshop was to develop the Coastal Annual Work Plan in relation to the newly formulated Fisheries Department Corporate Plan for 2020 to 2022.

The workshop was run over a one week period and was held at the Fisheries Conference room from the 21st to the 25th October 2019.

There was an intensive consultation between the IFA and the coastal team. They discussed the different activities and goals for the Coastal Section for the next three years. The work plan will focus on delivering assistance to the Tuvalu Community at large, including support to Kaupules and fishers in terms of inshore fisheries-related issues. the main tasks will focus on improving fishery resource monitoring and management, implementing projects and research, monitoring environmental variables central to the health of fisheries and implementing the Funafuti Reef Fisheries Stewardship Plan (FRFSP).

Mr Lale Petaia said, “ Dr Uschi Kaly’s presence helps in providing a guideline towards completing a more realistic, well developed Annual Work Plan and of course the budget.

Dr Uschi Kaly, along with Mr Lindsay Chapman will be working as inshore fisheries advisers to TFD over the next 6 months during 4 one month trips to Funafuti. They will be assisting with many aspects of the Section’s work, plus undertake training as needed.