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Implementation of the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA) for monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing in the region, supporting Target 14.4 and 14.6
by Ministry of Fisheries, Tonga (Government)
The Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA) is an agreement on cooperation between Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) members about monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing it includes provisions on exchange of fisheries data and information, as well as procedures for cooperation in monitoring, prosecuting and penalising operators of IUU fishing vessels.

The NTSAs objective is to enhance the active participation in cooperative surveillance and enforcement activities by providing a framework for Parties to share resources and exchange information, including fisheries data and intelligence, in order to:
Maximise the operational reach and effectiveness of fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance tools;
Prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and
Contribute to the broader regional law enforcement efforts;
with the purpose of supporting the continuous improvement of the management and development of the fishery resources in the region, ensuring their sustainability, and maximising the social and economic benefits.

Core to operationalising the NTSA is the Niue Treaty Information System (NTIS) which provides a means for achieving the objectives of the NTSA by facilitating fisheries surveillance and wider law enforcement activities. The NTIS expedites cooperation between Parties and provides flexibility for Parties.

Tonga is a party to the NTSA and is now implementing this Agreement
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
National Plan of Actin to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
Development of Management Plan for MCS program
In-kind contribution
Ministry of Fisheries and other Government Ministries
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff of government Ministries
Basic information
Time-frame: 10/2015 - Ongoing
Tonga Ministry of Fisheries Forum Fisheries Agencies Australian Government
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Fishing Communities Fishing industry neighboring countries
Contact information
Tuikolonghau Halafihi, Chief Executive Officer, supi64t@gmail.com, +676 21399
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Other SDGs
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