JAPANESE HELP DEVELOP TONGA'S SEAWEED INDUSTRY

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NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (April 8, 2002 - Radio and TV Tonga/PINA Nius Online)---Tonga's Ministry of Fisheries is getting expert advice on ways to develop its seaweed industry

A Japanese advisor is in Nuku‘alofa to oversee preparation of seaweed for export to Japan.

The assistance is being made under a Food and Agricultural Organization-funded project, with technical advice from Japan.

Secretary of Fisheries ‘Akau‘ola said the seaweed industry is becoming an important source of income for the nation, and should be further developed.

About 20 people are busy working for cash at the Fisheries Headquarters at Sopu.

Seaweed grows in certain sea areas depending on the weather, mostly on the eastern side of the island of Tongatapu.

Local exporters are Sea Star Fishing and Nano, who employ mostly women and youths on a short-term basis.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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