'Ana F. Taholo
Joined on: September 16th, 2010
Work: Currently a Senior Computer Programmer/Senior Fisheries Officer at the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Food, Forests & Fisheries in Tonga. Joined Fisheries in 2003, I worked for the Monitoring, Control & Surveillance (MCS) section, dealing specifically with issues relating to VMS, Observer and general MCS related issues. I have attended sub-regional (FFA) and regional (WCPFC) MCS related meetings over the years as part of Tonga's delegation to these meetings. Qualification: I hold a Diploma of Information Technology (1997) from the Canberra Institute of Technology in Australia; Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Financial Management and Information Systems (2002) from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji; and a Master of Information Systems with Distinction (2009) from the University of Wollongong, Australia. I was a UN-NF fellow from June 2010-February 2012 and my thesis topic was on: The Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the WCPO: Challenges facing SIDS with a focus on Tonga Experience post UN-NF: The UN-NF fellowship programme gave me the opportunity to delve deeper and increase my knowledge on key issues of the LOSC and its implication at the regional and national level, in particular the management of highly migratory fish stocks. It also provided me with the rare chance to be at the UN where I observe some of the meetings that took place during the duration while I was at DOALOS. The knowledge I gained during this fellowship is invaluable and has better prepared me in carrying out my duties. It has definitely expanded my knowledge in the areas of ocean affairs and law of the sea.