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

LN 5.20 Coronavirus Protection Measures 2020

LN 6.20 SOE Regulation The Management & Minimisation of the impact of coronavirus Regulation 2020

LN 7.20 Designation Order (Chairmanship)

LN 8.20 Rationing of Basic Food Commodities Order

LN 9.20 Designation of Quarantine Areas Order

LN 10.20 Grant Exemptions to essential Public Service

LN 11.20 – Order Designate (2)

LN 12.20 Directive for the National Covid taskforce 20 (1)

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.

VACANCY ADVERTISEMENT: MANAUI-II CREW x 3

Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade hereby announces that we are recruiting 3 crew to work and operate the Manaui II.

The 3 crews are as follows:

  1. 1x – Engineer at Level-5
  2. 1x – Assistant Engineer at Level-6
  3. 1x – Mate at Level-5

Further details and task descriptions for the above vacancies can be obtained at the office of the Fisheries Department, OR Click on the above vacancies to download them.

These positions will be on a contract basis for 3 months with the possibility to extend based on the satisfaction of their performances 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:

  • Mrs Loloma Homasi
  • Acting 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 Wednesday, 5th of August, 2022.

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

Governance Committee meeting to review progress with the Tuvalu Fisheries Support Programme Phase 2 Project (TFSP2)

The New Zealand funded Tuvalu Fisheries Support Programme Phase 2 (TFSP2), which started in January 2021, recently held its third six-monthly Governance Committee meeting to review the project’s progress. The meeting, between senior officials of the Tuvalu Ministry of Fisheries and Trade and New Zealand’s MFAT, was held by video conference on 10th June.

The meeting noted that there has been quite good progress in a number of areas. These include:

  • Fibreglass boatbuilding – completion of the first fibreglass boat specially designed for safe operation when trolling in the open sea; and completion of ten paddling canoes under a project initiated by FAO.
  • Community fisheries officers, trained and funded by the project, have been at work in each of the 7 outer islands since the start of the year;
  • A shore-based radar system to monitor transhipment in the lagoon has been installed and is fully operational;
  • A sea wall and hard standing on the lagoon side of the Fisheries office have been completed

The programme also supports the position of Fisheries Adviser in Tuvalu and the Inshore Fisheries Adviser who has been working remotely with the Coastal section of the Fisheries Department.

While a number of activities have been delayed to restrictions on travel and supply chain problems during the COVID pandemic, the Committee agreed that project progress is satisfactory.

Director of Fisheries for the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade, Mr Samasoni Finikaso, on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu, thanked his colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for New Zealand’s continuing support to the Fisheries sector in Tuvalu. This will be particularly important in the weeks ahead as the World Bank PROP project comes to an end.

Fisheries launch first locally made fiber glass boat

Fisheries and Trade officers gathered yesterday at noon to launch its first locally made fibreglass boat.

The program started with speeches from the Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries and Trade, Hon. Minute Taupo and Fisheries Advisor, Mike Batty.  The program continued with a prayer to bless the boat by Rev. Honolulu and followed by the cutting of the ribbon by Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries and Trade, Hon. Minute Taupo and his spouse Mrs Taupo. The program ended with lunch provided.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries and Trade expressed in his speech how grateful he is for the hard work of fisheries staff in achieving the goal that has been witnessed today. He added, “I really want to thank fisheries staff; it has been witnessed that we not only talk the talk, but we walk the walk”.

This first fibreglass boat was built by a team led by i-Kiribati specialist Derin Pendle, and Tuvaluan boat builder, Iumea Numia. The building of fibreglass boats is funded by the New Zealand TFSP2 project.

The fibreglass boat length is 5.8 meters with a beam of 1.8 m. The design was based on one popular with local fishers and will cater to chasing tuna schools on rough seas. The first fibreglass boat took some time to complete, as it was first necessary to build the mould. The plan is now to build four more boats, which use the same mould and should go more quickly

Fisheries Advisor, Mike Batty stated, that the TFSP will continue to support the Fisheries Department in achieving the objectives of its Corporate Plan which came up with the idea to build fibreglass boats. He added, “This is a durable material and easily repaired, and most of the Pacific Islands use fibreglass for building fishing boats”.

The Fisheries Department, TFSP and FAO will continue to collaborate to complete the building of fibreglass boats and canoes. The FAO canoe project was part of the Country’s strategy to repair the destruction caused by TC Tino.

New M2 radar scanner equipment has been set up for the Tuvalu Fisheries Department

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department installed its new M2 radar scanner equipment at the TFD office on the 18th of March 2022 to monitor the accessibility of the public on Funafuti island to the transhipment area.

The M2 Radar scanner equipment was set up along the ridge cap of the TFD office with the only intent to protect Tuvalu citizens from getting COVID 19. Four observers have been recruited to support ocean staff in the installation process in recent weeks. The new equipment is controlled and supervised by the Vessel Days Scheme (VDS) and Oceanic Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) officers.

VDS/VMS Senior Fisheries Officer, Scott Pelesala, stated, “The TFD now has appropriate monitoring tools in place to monitor and control the accessibility of members of the public in the vicinity.” He likewise added that on that point would be a high penalty imposed for any violation and that the department will be able to find and photograph images of an object going through the transhipment area’s buffer zone.

This new equipment was part of the Fishery’s main goal for this year’s activities due to Covid 19 mitigation measures where transhipment was moved out of the Funafuti lagoon to an assigned region endorsed by the Tuvalu Government. Working with the U.S.-based non-governmental organization Anthropocene Institute, the Department of Fisheries made an effort and agreed to use a maritime radar observer to monitor the transhipment area.

New Zealand’s Tuvalu Fisheries Support Program supported the idea by funding this new equipment, which cost over 100 thousand dollars.

M2 Radar scanner equipment was tested on the 23rd of March and now it’s up and working.

CLOSED: REREQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Consultant to examine threats and opportunities provided by tuna transshipment in Funafuti lagoon – Re-Advertise

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

This consulting services (“the Services”) requires the consultant to describe the practices related to transhipment, examine the impacts both positive and negatives of the recent growth of tuna transhipment activities in the Funafuti lagoon, and develop a plan to minimize the threats and develop a plan to minimize the threats and develop the opportunities that this activity provides.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at this link: ToR for Tuvalu Transshipment study_Clean-r1

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department now invites eligible individuals (“Consultants”) to express interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services (attach curriculum vitae with a description of experience in similar assignments, similar conditions, official copies of certificates and transcripts etc.). Firms’ staff may express interest through the employing firm for the assignment and, under such situation, only the nominated individual experience and qualifications will be considered in the selection process. The criteria for selecting the Consultant are:

  • Related Qualifications and Experience
  • Relevant or related experiences
  • Skills and Abilities

The attention of interested Consultants (including firms) is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition)

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with Section V of the Consultant Guidelines. Firms expressing interest and proposing the name of an individual for the assignment should take note of paragraph 5.5 of the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained at the PROP Office, Alapi, Funafuti OR you can email proptuv@gmail.com / proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tv during office hours from 0900 to 1600 hours.

All expressions of interest must be addressed to the Director of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries & Trade, Alapi, Funafuti, Tuvalu and be delivered by e-mail to proptuv@gmail.com / prop@tuvalufisheries.tv email address no later than April 5, 2022.

Closed : Vacancy: Nui Data Collector for 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 Nui island Data Collector for the Tuvalu Fisheries Department.

Applicants must be physically and mentally fit and should be permanent residents of the island of Nui and/or Nukulaelae, 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.

Detailed terms of reference of the position, remuneration package and other relevant information are available for collection at the Coastal Management Unit of the Fisheries Department Office at Teone OR click here Nui OIDC TOR to download it.

All applications are required to be addressed to the Director of Fisheries, Tuvalu Fisheries Department, Teone, Funafuti before Wednesday, 4:00 pm on the 11th March 2022 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:
    • Name, Expertise, Nationality, Address & contacts
    • Qualifications: highest school, certificates and other
    • Languages and level of proficiency (Native, Excellent, Good, Basic)
    • Affiliations if any (e.g. membership to associations, NGOs)
    • Countries of work experience, if any
    • Employment history, including past jobs and projects
    • Names of 2-3 referees
  • Transcripts of Education, Qualifications, Certificates, etc.

 

Closed : Vacancy: Tuvalu Fisheries Support Programme 2 Project Manager

The TFSP2 project under the Tuvalu Fisheries Department is recruiting a Project Manager who will work closely with the Fisheries Adviser and take on the management of the project over the next year or so. We are looking for a person with a University degree in a subject relevant to Fisheries and/or Project Management. Excellent communication skills in English, computer skills, knowledge of Government procedures, and experience in project planning and reporting are needed. Above all, you should have a keen interest in helping the management and development of Tuvalu’s fisheries.

This is a contract position with annual contracts for a maximum of 4 years. The starting salary is $1,050 per fortnight with a housing allowance of $1,000 per month.

You can see the full job description by clicking here job Description TFSP2 Project Manager or our Facebook page or pick up a hard copy at Reception at our office in Teone. Application letters should be sent by email to michaelb@tuvalufisheries.tv or you can deliver a hard copy to the Fisheries office. Applications close on 18th March.

Capacity development on Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) for the Lofeagai community

The Lofeagai community developed their understanding of Artisanal FADs and their importance, facilitated by officers of the Departments of Fisheries and Meteorology, yesterday evening 22 February 2022, at the Lofeagai Community Hall.

3 officers conducted the workshop. Pafini Fepuali Fisheries Operation & Development officer presented what is a FAD and its importance. Nelly Seniola Senior Fisheries Officer for Development and Training presented the types of FAD utilized in the area around Funafuti. Tavau  Vaaia Simeona, a Forecast Scientific meteorological officer, shared what a wave buoy is, how important it is and how it works. Over 20 individuals from the Lofeagai community participated in the artisanal FAD outreach.

Nelly Seniola, Senior Fisheries Officer, stated “The artisanal FAD awareness-raising is part of the Fisheries work plan activity for this year in collaboration with the meteorological department. Lofeagai is the first community we started with. Educating communities about artisanal FADs and their importance is critical,” Nelly added.

A Lofeagai community participant, Timaio Auega showed his gratitude to the Fisheries and meteorology team for sharing the information on artisanal FAD and their importance which he found interesting and significant.

The artisanal FAD capacity building will continue to Fakaifou community today evening at 7 pm, followed by the Vaiaku community tomorrow evening at 7 pm also.

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – Extended: Consulting services to supervise of Tuvalu Fisheries Infrastructure projects

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

This consulting services (“the Services”) requires the consultant to supervise and administer construction works and construction contractors for TFD new infrastructure at Teone and the watchman hut/tower at Tepuka to ensure construction specifications are strictly followed with contract conditions, designs and specifications within agreed budgets and timelines and importantly, within social and environmental safeguard requirements of the World Bank.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at this link: ToR for the Supervision of Tuvalu Fisheries Infrastructure projects

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department now invites eligible individuals (“Consultants”) to express interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services (attach curriculum vitae with a description of experience in similar assignments, similar conditions, official copies of certificates and transcripts etc.). Firms’ staff may express interest through the employing firm for the assignment and, under such situation, only the nominated individual experience and qualifications will be considered in the selection process. The criteria for selecting the Consultant are:

  • Related Qualifications and Experience
  • Relevant or related experiences
  • Skills and Abilities

The attention of interested Consultants (including firms) is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition)

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with Section V of the Consultant Guidelines. Firms expressing interest and proposing the name of an individual for the assignment should take note of paragraph 5.5 of the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained at the PROP Office, Alapi, Funafuti OR you can email proptuv@gmail.com / proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tv during office hours from 0900 to 1600 hours.

All expressions of interest must be addressed to the Director of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries & Trade, Alapi, Funafuti, Tuvalu and be delivered by e-mail to proptuv@gmail.com / prop@tuvalufisheries.tv email address no later than March 17, 2022

Closed: REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: LEGAL CONSULTANT

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

This consulting service (“the Services”) requires the reviewing, developing and introducing fisheries legislation for the conservation and management of the Funafuti lagoon particularly the Funafuti Conservation Area through or in line with the Funafuti Reef Stewardship Plan.

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at this link: TOR Legal Consultant

The Tuvalu Fisheries Department now invites eligible individuals (“Consultants”) to express interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services (attach curriculum vitae with a description of experience in similar assignments, similar conditions, official copies of certificates and transcripts etc.). Firms’ staff may express interest through the employing firm for the assignment and, under such situation, only the nominated individual experience and qualifications will be considered in the selection process. The criteria for selecting the Consultant are:

  • Related Qualifications and Experience
  • Relevant or related experiences
  • Skills and Abilities

The attention of interested Consultants (including firms) is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January 2011 edition)

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with Section V of the Consultant Guidelines. Firms expressing interest and proposing the name of an individual for the assignment should take note of paragraph 5.5 of the Consultant Guidelines.

Further information can be obtained at PROP Office, Alapi, Funafuti, Tuvalu, OR email proptuv@gmail.com / proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tv   during office hours from 0900 to 1600 hours.

All expressions of interest must be addressed to the Director of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries & Trade, Funafuti, Tuvalu and be delivered by e-mail to proptuv@gmail.com / proptuv@tuvalufisheries.tv   no later than February 25, 2021.