Coral mapping technology to accelerate reef restoration and protection

London, UNITED KINGDOM – June 1, 2020: 9.10pm (Commonwealth Media): The Commonwealth Secretariat is joining forces with Vulcan Inc. to help member countries manage their ocean spaces via cutting-edge mapping technology.  Commonwealth countries are responsible for more than a third of the world’s coastal ocean, and 45 percent of its coral reefs.  The new tool will use satellite technology to create country-specific data and Read More …

Red algae threaten mangroves

Nuku’alofa – May 27, 2020: 4.45pm (Enviro News): Red algae have now been found to be affecting the growth of mangroves around Tongatapu. A team from the Department of Environment and MORDI Tonga have reported this following inspections carried out this week in areas around the main island. This included the mangrove plantations in Sopu, Read More …

Fiji’s ocean waters generate $2.5billion, full control of EEZ by 2030

Suva, FIJI – May 21, 2020 (FIJI TIMES): Fiji’s ocean resources generate about $2.5 billion (US$1.1 billion) worth of economic activity annually, according to the recently-released National Ocean Policy. The policy, prepared using data from a 2014 Marine Ecosystem Service Valuation report, said marine-related tourism contributed about $1.2 billion (US$531 million) to the national economy Read More …

Mangroves listing being done

Nuku’alofa – May 12, 2020: 10.15am (Enviro News): There is a need to address land issues affecting mangroves plantations around the Kingdom, to ensure that mangroves are protected. That is one of the recommendations given by the Terrestrial and Mangroves team that conducted surveys in line with efforts to list local mangroves under the Red Read More …

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 …