02 July 2020 It was reported that the local fishing of sea cucumbers was legally started on the 1st of July until the end of September 2020.
The controversial fishing of sea cucumbers was banned in Tonga for years due to the recommendation from the Ministry of Fisheries that the species of sea cucumbers are very lessened due to its worth for commercial fishing and therefore needed to preserve.
Hence, the Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa reported in parliament that the Cabinet accepted to lift the ban of sea cucumber’s fishing for at least three months to alleviate people’s financial hardship from the COVID-19.
The Minister of Fisheries Lord Tu’ilakepa told the house that using of compressing air to harvest sea cucumber is still illegal. People are allowed to harvest sea cucumber without using compress air.
The government hopes that people will make use of this opportunity to harvest what is enough for their financial needs because there were Tongan people who lost their lives from diving to sea cucumber and used of compressing air and it should never happen again.
It is vital to preserve the sea cucumbers:
The Ministry of Fisheries suggests that people of Tonga should understand the importance of preserve the species of sea cucumbers (echinoderms) here in Tonga.
Sea cucumbers are the ocean vacuum cleaner. It is probably the most efficient of the sand cleaners. Sea cucumbers swallow the sand through its digested system and release them out as very clean sand.
Sea cucumbers also clean-up the rubbish on the ocean floor as the rubbish could take the oxygen from the sea floor and every sea species around the area will not survive without the oxygen.
An Usual Food with Health Benefits:
Sea cucumbers are considered a delicacy in many Asian countries and used as food source and medicinal ingredient.
Sea cucumber are very low in calories and fat and very high in protein, very useful for people who are interested in weight loss.
Sea cucumber can be eaten raw, pickled, or fried and excellent source of nutrients.
Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Sea cucumber contains many powerful substances that very good for health. It contains substances that may help fight with cancer cells, arthritis, and reduce blood clots.
However, there should be more research is needed before conclusions can be made.
Temporary Fishing of Sea Cucumber in Tonga:
The question of who will benefit the most from lifting the ban of sea cucumber’s fishing here in Tonga should become clearer when all sea cucumber’s exporters confirmed their buying prices from local sea cucumber’s fishers.
The Prime Minister and this government lifted the sea cucumber’s ban to financially empower people and fishers and not the rich middleman or exporters.
The government should ensure that the fishers and divers of the sea cucumbers are the one that most benefited from the sea cucumbers.
FIEFIA KAKAI E FONUA ‘I HE KAMATA KOIA HONO TOUTAI’I E MOKOHUNU PEA KAMATA MO HONO FUA ATU KI HE KAU HU KOLOA KI TU’APULE’ANGA. ‘OKU TAU FAKATAUANGE ‘OKU NGAUE LELEI ‘AKI HE KAKAI E FAINGAMALIE KO ‘ENI KUO FOAKI HE PALEMIA MOE PULE’ANGA KE TOKONI’I FAKAPA’ANGA AI KAKAI FONUA MEI HE UESIA E COVID-19. KA KO HAI KOA ‘OKU PENEFITI LAHI TAHA MEI HE FUA MOKOHUNU? KOE KAU TOUTAI ‘OKU NAU HELA’IA LAHI PE KOE KAU SIAINA FUA MOKOHUNU?
Kuo kamata foki ‘a hono toutai’i koia ‘o e mokohunu ‘aia na’e fakaha ‘e he Palemia Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa ‘i Falealea ‘a hono tali koia ‘e he Kapineti ke faka’ata fakataimi ‘a hono toutai’i e mokohunu pea ke toki ‘osi ki he ‘aho faka’osi ‘o Sepitema 2020. Na’e makatu’unga ‘a hono faka’ata ko ‘eni ke malava e kakai moe kau toutai kenau toutai’i mo fakapa’anga ke tokoni ki he kakai lolotonga e ngaahi uesia ko ‘eni he COVID-19. Koe hiliange foki ‘eni ‘a hono tapui he ngaahi ta’u koe ‘uhi pe ko ‘ene ‘alu ke hahamolofia pea mo ‘osi koia e fa’ahinga ko ‘eni mei he potutahi ‘o Tonga. Ka koe ‘uhi ko ‘ene fu’u mahu’inga koia e fa’ahinga e mokohunu ki hono fakama’a e ‘one’one pehe ki hono fufulu e ngaahi ‘uli moe kona koia ‘i kilisitahi ‘aia ‘oku nau to’o ‘enautolu e oxygen pea e malava ai ke mate e ngaahi me’amo’ui ‘i tahi kapau e ikai ha toe oxygen e ‘iai. Pea ‘oku makatu’unga ai hono fiema’u ke fakatolonga e fa’ahinga me’a mo’ui ko ‘eni he ‘oku ‘aonga lahi ia ki he ‘atakai ‘i tahi.
Koe faka’ata ko ‘eni ‘e he Pule’anga ‘oku ‘uhinga pe ia ki he kau toutai kenau to’o pe me’a fe’unga mo kinautolu pea ‘oku kei tapui pe ‘a hono ngaue’aki koia e uku kasa koe ‘uhi kuo ‘osi ‘iai e kakai ‘i Tonga ni kuo nau malolo mei hono ngaue’aki ‘aki koia e uku kasa loloto ki hono toutai’i koia e mokohunu pea ‘oku faka’amu mo fakatokanga e Palemia pehe ki he Minisita Toutai Lord Tu’ilakepa ki he kakai e fonua kenau toutai fakapotopoto pe he vaha’a taimi pe mahina ‘e 3 ko ‘eni pea ‘oua. ‘e ngaue ‘aki e uku hina kasa telia ha mo’ui e mole ai. Koe fehu’i koia pe ko hai e penefiti lahi taha mei hono faka’ata koia e mokohunu ki Sepitema ‘oku faka’amu e Pule’anga moe Potungaue Toutai ke fakaivia e kakai e fonua pe kau toutai kae ‘ikai koe kau tu’uvaha’a moe kau pisinisi hu koloa ki Tu’apule’anga. Koe ‘uhi ko ‘ene fiema’ua he ngaahi fonua ‘Esia e mokohunu ki he ‘enau me’atokoni moe faito’o ki he sino ‘oku ma’u ai e pa’anga lelei ki hono toutai’i mo fua koia e mokohunu ‘i Tonga ni.
©VPON MEDIA 2020