Tonga, Nola; Naqasima-Sobey, Milika; Quinn, Norman J.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Centre for Marine Sciences
Local Marine Biological Knowledge and Management Practices in Hihifo Village, Ha’apai, Kingdom of Tonga
Women in Fisheries
Date of Publication
This study is a preliminary documentation of the local marine knowledge and subsistence fishing practices of fishers in Hihifo village on Lifuka, the largest island in the Ha’apai group in the Kingdom of Tonga. Interviews with villagers and direct participation in fishing activities were methods used to obtain information. The villages still follow many traditional practices and retain a rich natural history knowledge of the movements and behaviour of many species of fish. Many of the present fishing practices do not conform to the rules and regulations set by the Fishing Department.....