The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Niue (DAFF)

Head of Fisheries: 
Brendon Pasisi
Phone number: 
+683 4032
Address: 

PO Box 74
Fonuakula, Alofi
Niue

Welcome to the Profle Page for the Niue Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Key contacts are Mr Brendon Pasisi (Director) , and Mr James Tafatu (Principal Fisheries Officer)

Key Pelagic Fisheries

Albacore, Bigeye, Skipjack and Yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi , billfish.

Key Fisheries (other)

Deepsea Snapper, cods, trevally, crustaceans, clams, sea cucumber, and shellfish.

Size of EEZ

470,000 square kilometers

Wharf

Open roadstead port - pictured below

 

Development objectives

Fisheries is recognised within the Niue National Strategic Plan (NNSP) as a key sector and natural resource that offers significant economic development opportunities for Niue. Niue wishes to increase returns from the fisheries resource in a sustainable and responsible manner and these objectives are prominently reflected within the national development pillars, goals and objectives of the NNSP.

Development opportunities

  1. Long line Licensing – currently Niue will allow up to 20-30 licenses for domestic and/or foreign vessels fishing under access arrangement/license. Fees are set according to license fee regulations.
  2. Niue Fish Processors – Tuna Processing facility (HACCP/EU standards) currently available for investment interest. Maximum facility capacity ~ 4000-6000mt/year.
  3. Major interest in small boat harbour development, on-going engineering assessments underway
  

Picture of the Tuna Processing Facility below

  

Fisheries Development and Management Frameworks

Fisheries development and management is currently governed under fisheries legislation, licensing and policy frameworks including:

  • Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zones Act 1996
  • Domestic Fishing Act 1995
  • Domestic Fishing Regulations 1996
  • Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone License (Fees) Regulations 2010.

The management and development of pelagic fisheries (tuna and associated species) will be guided by a new “Niue Pelagic Management and Development plan (2012).

This plan defines the management and development of commercial tuna fisheries by purse seine, long line, troll and pole and line methods and how these interact and can be integrated with subsistence and recreational fishing from canoes and dingy’s.

The objective of the plan is to allow for the management and development of the fishery resource while acknowledging he significance this plays to tourism and tourism’s importance to the economy of Niue.

The overall thrust of the plan is to take an Ecosystem based approach to fisheries management (EAFM) that has a broader focus than simply that on the sustainability of target species and takes into consideration the interactions that the fishery has on other sectors and the wider ecosystem.