LOW ASIAN PRICES FORCE DECLINE IN TONGA’S FISH REVENUE

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NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (March 15, 1999 - PACNEWS/Radio Tonga)---Declining prices have weakened demand for fish in Asian markets and are blamed for Tonga's currently low fisheries revenue, according to Minister for Commerce Dr. Masaso Paunga.

Paunga, who spoke during the opening of a Seafood Processing Workshop in the capital of Nuku‘alofa, called for more commitment to extra quality from the fisheries sector in an efort to raise the declining proceeds from fish exports.

The focus of the two-day workshop is on fish handling, preservation and packaging methods and the management of small-scale fish processing enterprises.

Major emphasis also is being placed on ways to popularize additional fish species, including shark and not so common varieties of tuna, in an effort to cultivate new markets.

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