Whale watching and swimming licenses to be limited

Nuku’alofa – February 26, 2020: 9.40am (Tourism): The Ministry of Tourism, by Gazette Order of the Minister for Tourism, Hon. ‘Akosita Havili Lavulavu, has limited the whale watching and swimming licences to be issued for the 2020 whale watching season. The Minister’s Order has been published in the Tonga Government Gazette, effective February 25, 2020. Read More …

Ocean Plan team works on 2020 program

Nuku’alofa – February 24, 2020: 10.30am (Enviro News): The Tonga Ocean Management Bill will be finalised this year, following presentations made by the Marine Spatial Planning team. The team, led by project coordinator Elisapeti Veikoso, presented to the Tonga Ocean 7 Working Group on February 19 and to the National Environment Coordinating Committee (NECC) on Read More …

Tonga to work on managing ‘natural enemies’

Nuku’alofa – February 24, 2020: 10.20am (Enviro News): Local partnerships will help in ensuring that Tonga is able to manage invasive species that are slowly affecting the environment here and changing natural resources. This was the critical message that partners expressed during the two day Inception Workshop for the GEF6 Regional Invasive Program and the Read More …

Tonga and Pacific move on waste management initiatives

Nadi, Fiji, 7/02/2020: The Pacific–European Union Waste Management Programme (PacWastePlus) is working with identified Pacific countries to reduce the production of, and improve the management of, hazardous wastes (specifically asbestos, E-waste and healthcare waste), solid wastes (specifically recyclables, organic waste, disaster waste and bulky waste) and water impacted by solid waste. This was discussed again Read More …

Islands and Ocean Division discuss work plan

Nuku’alofa – January 10, 2020: 12.15pm (Enviro News): The addition of a new project and the focus on Healthy Oceans for 2020 makes the work of the Islands and Ocean Division here at the Environment Department a critical one. Invasive Species, with its Phase 2 for Tonga, is an addition to the Division’s program this Read More …

Environment office opens for 2020

Nuku’alofa – January 6, 2020: 10.30am (Enviro News): The Department of Environment office here in Nuku’alofa opened for work this morning. This marked the opening of the 2020 work season. Government offices around the Kingdom also resumed work this morning, with Environment and the Ministry of MEIDECC also opening all its offices around the country. Read More …

Commission adopts safe handling guidelines for seabirds

Port Moresby, PNG – December 10, 2019: 2.45pm (WWF): Bycatch in tuna longline fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) is one of the greatest threats to seabirds, particularly albatrosses and petrels. Despite the implementation of conservation measures for seabirds since 2006, it is estimated that between 13,000 to 19,000 seabirds continue to Read More …