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Geographical Region
Pacific Islands
Country
Tonga
Years of Fellowship
2010-2011
Thesis
The Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean: Challenges facing SIDS with a focus on Tonga
Fields of Specialization
Fisheries and Ecosystem Protection
About / Bio
Work:
• 1997-1999: Accounts Officer, Sea Star Fishing Company, Tonga
• 2003 – May 2013: Senior Fisheries Officer, Fisheries Division, Ministry of Agriculture & Food, Forests & Fisheries, Tonga. Website: www.tongafish.gov.to
• June 2013 – NOW: Assistant Compliance Manager, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Website: www.wcpfc.int

Qualification:
• Diploma of Information Technology (1997), Canberra Institute of Technology, Australia;
• Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Financial Management and Information Systems (2002), University of the South Pacific, Fiji;
• Master of Information Systems with Distinction (2009), University of Wollongong, Australia.
• UNNF of Japan fellow from June 2010-February 2011. Research topic: “The Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the WCPO: Challenges facing SIDS with a focus on Tonga”, Australia National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong and DOALOS, United Nations

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. 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, but specifically, on fisheries issues. The programme has 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.