Guidelines to get a Tuvalu Fishing Permit

Below are the steps and guidelines on how to apply and get a Tuvalu Fishing Permit.

  1. Company contact Tuvalu Fisheries Department, requesting Fishing Permit;
  2. Negotiation between Fisheries Official on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu with Company official;
  3. Signing of Access Agreement between the 2 parties Fisheries official and Fishing Company;
  4. Company official contact Tuvalu Fisheries Department through Licensing officer (via email);
  5. Licensing officer instruct Fishing Company on how to lodge application online to PNA FIMS;
    1. https://pna.fimsportal.com/sub/index.php
  6. Licensing officer send invoice to Fishing Company;
  7. License certificate is delivered once payment is remit by Fishing Company;
  8. License certificate is signed by Director of Fisheries and stamped office seal;
  9. License scan copy can be email to Company, while the original copy can be sent through DHL by company’s local agent, if requested.

The cycle shows how to get a Tuvalu Fishing Permit

STATE OF EMERGENCY (SOE) REGULATIONS AND ORDERS

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LN 14.20 Temporary Conditions Order 2020 (1)

 
 

Tuvalu Fisheries Laws and Relevant Judgements

Tuvalu-crestLaws, Regulations and other Instruments applying to Fisheries in Tuvalu:

Descriptions & Explanatory Notes:

The legal system and rules in Tuvalu with respect to fishing activities, including fishing laws, fisheries acts, decrees and administrative regulations concerning fishing activities and fisheries, relevant legal provisions on infringements, relevant customs procedures, relevant tax provisions etc.

The Marine Resources Act & Amendment is the main law dealing with fisheries in Tuvalu – this copy amalgamates the two earlier documents.

The main features of the 2006 Act are:

  • Establishing the objective of ensuring the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the living marine resources for the benefit of the people of Tuvalu.
  • The Minister responsible for fisheries has the authority for the conservation, management, development and sustainable use of the living marine resources in the EEZ of Tuvalu;
  • The Minister must take into account 15 stated principles and measures in the conservation, management, and development of fisheries;
  • The Minister has the power to administer fisheries and make regulations as needed;
  • The Minister may appoint in writing a fisheries officer and such other officials as needed to discharge fisheries-related functions;
  • The Minister may declare that a fishery important to the national interest is a “designated fishery”;
  • The Fisheries Officer shall prepare a management plan for each designated fishery;
  • Requirements for each fisheries management plan are specified;
  • All vessels engaged in fishing must have a valid/applicable permit or a valid/ applicable license under a multilateral access agreement in accordance with the Act;
  • The transhipment of fish in the Tuvalu EEZ is regulated;
  • The requirements for a Tuvalu fishing vessel operating outside of Tuvalu waters are given.

The Marine Resources (Amendment) Act 2012 implements a number of changes to the principal act which are intended to ensure that Tuvalu’s international, regional and national rights and responsibilities in relation to fisheries conservation, management and development are accommodated. The Amendment significantly increased the level of penalties for various types of offences under the Act.

The two regulations under the Marine Resources Act: the Fisheries (Vessel Monitoring System) Regulations (2000) which require the use of automatic location coordinators by commercial fishing vessels operating in Tuvalu waters; and the Conservation and Management Measures (PNA Third Implementing Arrangement) Regulations 2009 contain provisions for the implementation of a number of measures agreed by PNA and the Vessel Monitoring System Regulation.

In order to implement WCPFC management measures and resolutions, the Fisheries Department has developed a template access agreement as an effective and efficient way of implementing conservation and management measures adopted. This is an appropriate approach in Tuvalu because virtually all the fishing activity affected is conducted by foreign industrial fishing vessels. Domestic small-scale tuna fishing takes place entirely within the territorial sea and is not subject to WCPFC management measures.

The Maritime Zones Act (2012) repealed the earlier Marine Zones (Declaration) Act of 1993 and provides the framework for establishing the following maritime zones in Tuvalu;

  • Declaration of Archipelagic Baselines 2012 (results in an archipelago comprising Nukufetau, Funafuti and Nukulaelae)
  • Declaration of Territorial Sea Baselines 2012
  • Declaration of the Outer Limits of the Territorial Sea 2012
  • Declaration of the Outer Limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone 2012
  • Declaration of the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf 2012

The Falekaupule Act 1997 (revised 2000), which empowers Kaupule (island councils) to ‘provide for the improvement and control of fishing and related industries in accordance with the Fisheries Act and ‘to prohibit, restrict or regulate the hunting, capture, killing or sale of animals, reptiles, birds or fish in accordance with the Wildlife Conservation Act’: and the Funafuti Conservation Area Order (1999), promulgated under the Conservation Areas Act of 1999.

TFD and a delegation from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea discussed matters of mutual interest

The Minister of Fisheries and Trade and TFD senior officials met yesterday at TFD conference room with the Deputy Minister of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Tuvalu, resident in Suva. The discussions covered a range of areas for cooperation between Tuvalu and Korea on fisheries issues.

The team comprised of H.E. Mr. Young-kyu Park, Ambassador, and his delegation from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (in Suva), and Mr. Myeongdal Song, Deputy Minister, and his delegation from the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. They arrived in Tuvalu to discuss face-to-face the TFD’s primary objectives for the development of the fishery. Korea has recently approved a large community fisheries project, including the installation of solar panels for the NAFICOT and FOFA fish markets as well as the construction of the TFD training facility, storehouse, boat storage, and the fisheries dock.

The project will provide grant aid funding of US$5 million.

“A large vote of thanks to the Korean Government for their support and will look forward to additional initiatives with Korea in the future,” the director of fisheries, Samasoni Finikaso, said.

Korea is currently concentrating its help on Pacific Rim nations. Tuvalu is the first Pacific nation to make a successful request for funding of a large fisheries project of this type.

Application for Nukufetau Data Collector for the Tuvalu Fisheries Department

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department is inviting suitably qualified young persons of a minimum age of 18 years to fill the vacant position of Outer Island Data Collectors (OIDCs) for the islands of NUKUFETAU.

Applicants must be physically and mentally fit and should be a permanent resident of the island of Nukufetau, as the selection will be island-based. The objective of the recruitment is to create a team of data collectors to collect information on fishing activities and catches on the islands of Tuvalu on behalf of the Fisheries Department.

Scope of Work

Each data collector will be responsible for organizing his/her time to interview fishermen, collect data and properly measure and weigh all fishes caught and landed by fishermen in sample landings. All data collected will be transmitted to the Tuvalu Fisheries Department by hard copy on each trip of the 1] islands shipping services and where possible electronically.

Data Collectors are under the supervision of the Principal Fisheries Officer (PFO): Coastal Fisheries and Senior Fisheries Officer (SFO): Management (Outer Islands) and their responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying out regular data collections of all fisheries activities being undertaken on the assigned island through meeting fishers as they land their catch, and recording all data required in English or/and Tuvaluan.
  • Undertaking training in Funafuti as may be required by the PFO or SFO.
  • Maintain all equipment and report losses, or breakages immediately with minimal disruptions.
  • Undertake regular self-training using books, electronic or other sources to learn the scientific names of all fished resources, continuously improving personal knowledge as time goes on.
  • Carefully maintaining all data collected, checking them, ensuring they are complete, storing them safely and sending them to Funafuti with each vessel trip to the island.
  • Attending meetings with fishers, the Kaupule, Falekaupule or community held by Coastal staff from Funafuti during their regular metronome trips.
  • Assisting with logistics and surveys being carried out by Coastal Staff during their regular metronome trips.
  • Carrying out any other fisheries-related tasks as may be assigned by the PFO or SFO. Qualifications & Experience
  • Applicants are required to have reached Form 4 level from a recognized secondary school.
  • The ability and willingness to organize sampling schedules within the work time allocated, and efficiently gather data from fisher’s landing their catches at night or very early morning.
  • Willingness to continuously improve their ability to scientifically identify all fished species and do on-going work.
  • Possess outstanding data collection skills to ensure data are accurate and fully recorded.
  • Good inter-personal communication skills.
  • Good command of written English and the ability to translate Tuvaluan on-the-fly to English for recording responses on the datasheets.
  • Ability to meet deadlines; and
  • Any kind of tertiary qualification in science, especially biology, previous work-experience in any type of data collection, particularly in a fisheries-related field is an advantage.

Detailed terms of reference of these positions, remuneration package and other relevant information are available for collection at the Coastal Management Unit of the Fisheries Department Office or by sending an email to samfinikaso70@gmail.com.

All applications are required to be addressed to the Director of Fisheries, Tuvalu Fisheries Department, Teone, Funafuti before 4:00pm on 26th January 2023 by either hard copy or email to samfinikaso70@gmail.com before the closing date and time.

Application Checklist

Please ensure you attach all the following information as your application:

  • Application cover letter outlining your experience and suitability for the post.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including the following headings:

o Name, Expertise, Nationality, Address & contacts

o Qualifications: highest school, certificates and other

o Languages and level of proficiency (Native, Excellent, Good, Basic)

o Affiliations if any (e.g., membership to associations, NGOs) o Countries of work experience, if any

o Employment history, including past job and projects

o Names of 2-3 referees

  • Transcripts of Education, Qualifications, Certificates, etc.

Request for Quotations: Condition survey and maintenance plan for Fisheries vessels

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD), implementing the New Zealand-funded Tuvalu Fisheries Support Programme Phase 2 (TFSP2), is seeking quotations from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to advise on the condition and maintenance of two small GRP vessels operated by the Department. Details for the Terms of Reference for technical assistance can be downloaded here, Terms of Reference for Technical Assistance

Timing and delivery

It is expected that inputs of around 15-20 working days will be required, over one visit to Tuvalu. It is expected that an international consultant will be required, working closely with relevant staff of the Department.

Requirements (qualifications and experience)

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria by the senior management committee of the TFD:

  • Relevant qualifications and experience in marine engineering and vessel survey;
  • Experience in assessing the condition of small vessels (15-20 meters overall length) operating in the Pacific Islands regions;
  • Experience in planning repairs and maintenance – both for immediate repair requirements and putting in place a long term maintenance plan and facilities to ensure reliable and safe operations;
  • Value for money.

Submission of proposals

Interested consultants should submit the following information in support of their proposal:

  1. Confirmation of the dates on which they will be available;
  2. A brief proposal addressing the requirements listed above and an outline of the methodology they will use to approach the assignment;
  3. A brief curriculum vitae of the consultant(s);
  4. A cost estimate providing fees (daily rate and total) and any incidental costs. A lump sum contract in Australian Dollars, with payment based on deliverables, is preferred.

Proposals should be sent by email to michaelb@tuvalufisheries.tv and should reach him by 5.00 p.m. local time (in Tuvalu) on Wednesday 15th February 2023. Any questions on the proposed consultancy can be sent to the same email address and will be answered within 3 working days.

This request for proposals should not be construed as an offer to any consultant contacted. TFD reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, and to negotiate with any bidder if the original proposal is not acceptable.

 

Request for Quotations – Minor Works Construction of a Mariculture Hatchery Building at the Fisheries Site, Teone

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD), implementing the New Zealand-funded Tuvalu Fisheries Support Programme Phase 2 (TFSP2), is seeking quotations from suitably qualified and experienced local building companies to construct a mariculture hatchery building at the Fisheries site at Teone. This is a ‘labour and plant hire’ contract only. The necessary materials will be provided by the TFD and be on-site before construction starts.

Design drawings

Copies of the detailed drawings, specifications and materials list can be obtained free of charge from the TFD Office and should be viewed with this RFQ. Prospective bidders are encouraged to visit the site.

Timing and delivery

It is intended that construction will start as soon as all materials have been delivered from Fiji and cleared from the wharf. This is expected to be before the end of January.

Requirements (qualifications and experience)

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria by the senior management committee of the TFD:

  • Relevant experience in construction projects of this type;
  • Evidence of completing at least two construction projects of a similar or more excellent value in the last 24 months;
  • Experience in the construction of concrete block buildings, including arranging plant hire;
  • Value for money.

Submission of proposals

Interested bidders should submit the following information in support of their proposal on the attached forms:

  1. A completed Bid and Contract form (attached) with all highlighted sections completed. This includes the expected completion date for the project, cost estimate and cost breakdown into stage payments;
  2. A cover letter that provides: (i) The names and qualifications/experience of key personnel; and (2) A statement of projects completed with contact details for the clients.

Proposals should be delivered to the Fisheries Department Office by 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 14th February 2023, and marked “Hatchery Tender – Attention Noa Petueli TFSP2 PROJECT MANAGER”.

This request for proposals should not be construed as an offer to any company contacted. TFD reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to negotiate with any bidder if the original proposal is not acceptable.

Outline Specification:

The tender is for the construction of a concrete block-work single-storey building with reinforced concrete columns and a colorbond roof. The building includes a timber-frame extension with shade cloth to house outdoor tanks, as well as the installation of rainwater and seawater tanks on concrete supports, wiring and plumbing.

Instructions to Bidders:

  1. Read the Bid and Contract Form, Conditions of Contract, these Instructions to Bidders and any supplemental specifications and drawings identified in the Bid and Contract Form (collectively the “Bid Documents”) before submitting your bid.
  2. Complete the Bid and Contract Form (type or print legibly) and submit the form to the bid submission location before the specified bid closing date and time (bid closing).
  3. You may hand-deliver or e-mail your bid. You are solely responsible for ensuring that your bid is received at the specified location or e-mail address before bid closing.
  4. If you choose to submit your bid in a sealed envelope, ensure the envelope is marked “bid” and identifies the contract name and location. If you fail to so mark the envelope, or if you choose to submit your bid e-mail, you assume the risk of loss of confidentiality of your bid before bid closing.
  5. If you choose to submit your bid via e-mail, send a scanned copy of the completed Bid and Contract Form to the specified e-mail address only. Any other form of e-mail submission will not be accepted.
  6. Up until bid closing, you may, by written request, withdraw a previously submitted bid. After bid closing, your bid cannot be withdrawn and is open to acceptance by us until 14 days after bid closing.
  7. If requested by one or more bidders, bids will be opened and read aloud publicly shortly after bid closing. Alternatively, you will receive the bid results from the Contact Person indicated in the Bid and Contract Form.
  8. We may not necessarily accept the lowest or any bid. We reserve the right to reject any bids.
  9. A legally binding contract will result if and when we complete Part 8 of the Bid and Contract Form and we return a copy to you within 14 days after the bid closing.
  10. Contact the Contact Person indicated in the Bid and Contract Form if you need more information.

 

Attachments:

Click on the following attachments to download the Bid & Contract Form and the Mariculture Hatchery building drawing.

  1. BID AND CONTRACT FORM _MARICULTURE HATCHERY (4 pages) – part of this document
  2. TFD – Mariculture Facility Project (Final Submission – Full Set)_24.08.22  – Drawings of Mariculture Hatchery building with specifications, BoQ, etc (91 pages).

These forms are also available in hard copy and can be picked up at the TFD Office during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vacancy Announcement: Manaui II Assistant Engineer

The Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade is looking for a suitably qualified applicant to fill the position of Assistant Engineer on the Manaui II. The department is hereby announcing that the position of Assistant Engineer is now open for applications from all eligible citizens. The position is entitled to an annual rate of Level 6 under the Government salary structure for contract appointments.

Further details and job descriptions (JD) for the above vacant position can be obtained from the office of the Fisheries Department or the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade Or Click on the link provided here to download: JD-Assistant-Engineer_Manaui-II.pdf. This position will be on a contract basis for 1 year with the possibility to extend based on the satisfaction of his/her performance during the contract period.

Interested applicants should submit the following:
• Application letter;
• Certified copies of relevant qualifications and certificates;
• Curriculum Vitae – CV.

The application should be addressed to:
• Mr Nikolasi Apinelu
• Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Fisheries and Trade And to be submitted to the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade – Headquarters – HQ – First Floor, North Wing, Government Building, Vaiaku, Funafuti. No later than 4:30 pm Tuesday, 24th of January, 2023.

For further inquiries please call 20-160 or email talas@tuvalufisheries.tv The Terms of References are also available in the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade – HQ

Request for Quotations: Consultancy on Human Resource Development

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD), implementing the New Zealand funded Tuvalu Fisheries Support Programme Phase 2 (TFSP2), is seeking quotations from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to advise on Human Resource Development for the Department. Details are provided in the Terms of Reference.

Timing and delivery

It is expected that inputs of around 30-35 working days will be required, over one or, at most, two visits to Tuvalu. It is expected that an international consultant will be required, but proposals that involve a national consultant in a support role will be considered favourably.

Requirements (qualifications and experience)

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria by the senior management committee of the TFD:

  • Relevant qualifications and experience for providing advice and recommendations on human resource development in the Fisheries sector;
  • Experience of assessing training needs for staff of Fisheries agencies in the Pacific region;
  • Experience of reviewing the staffing structure and job descriptions against the key functional responsibilities of an organisation;
  • Value for money.

Submission of proposals

Interested consultants should submit the following information in support of their proposal:

  1. Confirmation of the dates on which they will be available;
  2. A brief proposal addressing the requirements listed above and an outline of the methodology they will use to approach the assignment;
  3. A brief curriculum vitae of the consultant(s);
  4. A cost estimate providing fees (daily rate and total) and any incidental costs. A lump sum contract in Australian Dollars, with payment based on deliverables, is preferred.

Proposals should be sent by email to michaelb@tuvalufisheries.tv and should reach him by 5.00 p.m. local time (in Tuvalu) on Tuesday 31st January 2023. Any questions on the proposed consultancy can be sent to the same email address and will be answered within 3 working days.

This request for proposals should not be construed as an offer to any consultant contacted. TFD reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, and to negotiate with any bidder if the original proposal is not acceptable.

Request for Quotations: Laboratory testing for fish samples

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department (TFD) is establishing a competent authority to carry out the official controls required by the European Union for the export of frozen tuna from Tuvalu flag purse seine fishing vessels. TFD is now seeking quotations from overseas laboratories to carry out testing of samples and has secured funds from the Pacer Plus Implementation Unit (PPIU) to meet logistical costs and laboratory fees.

TFD is therefore seeking quotations from laboratories, that are accredited to the ISO17025 standard, to carry out the required programme of tests over the first year of activities. It is expected that samples will be collected during transshipment events in Funafuti, held frozen, and supplied to the laboratory for testing on a quarterly basis. The testing fees will be pre-paid, to cover the full number of tests specified below.

Note that laboratories must use testing methodology approved by the European Union for these parameters.

Services required:

The services required are to test samples of raw frozen tuna, and provide full test results to TFD, over a period of not more than 12 months for the following. Bidders’ responses should include the following table with the columns ‘cost per test’ and ‘total cost’ completed. Note that prices should be specified in Australian Dollars (AUD) and should be valid for tests carried out at any time within 12 months from the date of the quotation. Payment will be made in advance for the agreed programme of tests. TFD may select different bidders for different tests.

Test parameter Cost per test AUD Number of tests req. Total cost AUD
Contaminants
Combination of Dioxins, DL-PCBs, total WHO-TEQ and Indicator PCBs in Fish Tissue by GC-MSMS for EU   6  
PAH4   6  
Histamine   52  
Hg   6  
Pb   6  
Cd   6  
Microbiological hygiene indicators
TVC   30  
coliforms   30  
E.coli   30  
Staph aureus   30  
Total  

 

While this Request for Quotations is primarily concerned with laboratory testing costs, bidders should also specify if they are able to provide any additional services to the programme and at what cost. These may include collection of samples from the nearest international airport, clearance, etc. Otherwise, any preferences/requirements for delivery to the laboratory should be specified.

Instructions to bidders:

Bids to provide the service should be prepared as a PDF document and sent as an email attachment to the Fisheries Adviser, Tuvalu Fisheries Department, at michaelb@tuvalufisheries.tv before 4.00 p.m. local time on 31st January 2023. They will be evaluated by the senior management committee of TFD, and a recommendation made to the PPIU. TFD may recommend purchase of services from more than one provider, depending on the costs of different tests and logistics, and is not obliged to accept any bid received.

25 Funafuti fishing boat owners receive new grab bags and training from TFD

Operation & Development officers of the TFD delivered sea safety grab bags to 25 Funafuti fishing boat owners, as well as conducting inspections and refresher training for grab bags on the first day, Monday 28th November. Training on fishing techniques, namely mid-water trolling, was delivered on the second day, Tuesday 29th November this week at the Nanutasi meeting hall.

These 25 fishing boat owners were nominated based on the surveys of active fishermen done by the fisheries officers.

Lealai Bataka, Assistant Fisheries Officer, urged fishermen to recognize the value of these assets to their lives and to Tuvalu as a whole. “As a result, it is essential to keep safety equipment on board every time you go fishing,” he added.

Tianamo Lusia, a Funafuti fisherman, thanked TFD for their assistance in providing these valuable assets and training. He also reminded fishermen to help any boat in distress immediately as he explained an issue faced by one of the fishermen.

More than 40 Funafuti fishermen took part in the grab bag inspection and training. Fishermen with old grab bags also took part in the training, where their grab bags were inspected, and a grab bag refresher course was given to them.

The nominated 25 fishermen, on the other hand, were trained on how to use each piece of equipment in the grab bag as well as new fishing techniques and mid-water trolling methods.

These assistance components are one of TFD’s priority activities under its Corporate Plan 2020-22, which commits to assisting artisanal fishermen, ensuring the sustainable use of marine resources, and, most importantly, improving livelihoods and fishermen’s safety at sea.

TFD Donated canoes for Fetuvalu High School, a fiber glass boat and motor engine for FOFA

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department handed over 4 canoes to Fetuvalu High School and 1 fiberglass boat with 40 hp outboard motor to FOFA on Wednesday the 16th of November 2022.
The Director of Fisheries, Samasoni Finikaso signed off a handover form confirmation of donations with the two recipients, FOFA CEO, Ioapo Tapu and Fetuvalu High School Principal, Pati Eka. The event took place at the Fetuvalu High School and the FOFA premises. The Manager of the TFSP, Noa Petulei and the Fisheries Advisor, Mike Batty also attended the event.
The Tuvalu Fisheries Support Program Manager, Noa Petueli said, “The TFD would like to assure the public that promoting fisheries throughout the country is a high priority”.
The canoe building was initiated under an FAO project, and TFSP2 took over to make sure that the required number of canoes could be completed. TFSP2 has also funded the building of the first-ever fiberglass boat which was donated to the FOFA along with a 40hp outboard motor to support the FOFA fishing initiatives.

Closed:INVITATION FOR QUOTATION: Freezer room machinery

The TFSP2 project of the Tuvalu Fisheries Department is seeking quotations for the supply of new machinery for a cold room in the NAFICOT fish market. The equipment required is to replace the refrigeration machinery only for one 25 cubic meter freezer room in Funafuti, the main island of Tuvalu. Note that the freezer room is already on-site and installed – we only require new machinery. Details of the quotation can be downloaded here: RFQ – freezer room machinery

Your quotation should be e-mailed to michaelb@tuvalufisheries.tv  and reach the Tuvalu Fisheries Department by the close of business at 1600 hours on the 21st of November 2022. The quotation shall be valid for acceptance for 30 days from the date of submission and quoted price shall remain fixed until delivery is completed.