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Sustainability is key to protecting fishing grounds

September 6, 2015 5:44 am

Minister for Fisheries Osea Naiqamu says sustainability is the key for Fiji to protect its fishing grounds.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the ‘Kawakawa’ and ‘Donu’ campaign, Naiqamu said healthy reefs and fisheries are critical for supporting the food and income needs of individuals.

“Indeed as a country we have deeply rely on our fisheries resources for our sustenance and also importantly our culture.”

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Naiqamu says a fisheries study reveals that Fiji’s fish stocks have declined by 70% over the last 30 years.

He adds this is alarming and coastal and maritime communities should work together to preserve fish for future generations.

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