10 new recruited observer qualified as eyes & ears of Tuvalu

10 newly recruited observers now qualified to work as the eyes and ears of Tuvalu in our oceanic fishery. There were 9 gentlemen and one young lady. The training was held in the Fisheries Department office over five weeks with a break for Christmas. It started on the 7th of December 2020. The training was […]

Tuvalu Observers boost their knowledge in electronic reporting

Over 30 Tuvalu observers were trained in electronic-reporting (e-reporting) utilizing the iFIMS Observer app on tablets last week. Herman Kisokau, a staff member of the iFIMS Inc. from PNG, led the zoom training. The zoom session lasted the full week. Currently, Tuvalu observers use paper worksheets to gather their data while onboard at work. Their […]

Tuvalu Fisheries goes further with National Observer Programme train the trainer.

Tuvalu Technical Adviser on the Observer Programme, Manoi Kutan and Gagati Falaima, Acting Coordinator of Observers, have been working to strengthen the National Observer Programme through a train the trainer programme with lead assessors. The introduction to the training was held last week. The National Observer Program in Tuvalu TVNOP has over 70 observers but […]

TFD detained Purse Seine Fishing vessel Micronesia 101 for official custody

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 […]

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 […]

2016 Observers Recruited

Observers are trained officers placed on fishing vessels in the dual role of data collectors and reporters on compliance issues. Tuvalu’s Observer Programme is an important part of the social and economic role of fisheries in Tuvalu, implementing the provisions of the Marine Resources Act and other legislation, and meeting our international obligations with regard […]

Tuvalu Fisheries Department Lecture Series Update 4th May–3 August

9:00 am up until 12:00 noon every Wednesday: At the Coastal Fisheries Building Lectures run each Wednesday throughout the year unless notified otherwise. The lectures are for Fisheries Staff only – at present we are unable to accommodate people from outside the department. Lectures will run for approximately an hour, followed by a session of […]

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 […]