In the mid 1990s the idea arose that coastal communities should be given powers to regulate fisheries in their nearby marine areas. That concept gained momentum and in the early 2000s a change in Tonga’s fisheries legislation allowed for fisheries management by local communities, through Special Management Areas (SMAs). Since that time the Fisheries Division has worked with coastal communities to establish 11 SMAs.
|Publisher||Department of Environment, Tonga|
|Modified||11 February 2022|
|Release Date||07 June 2021|
|Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location||Tonga|