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More Fish Needed, Report Says

More Fish Needed, Report Says
L-R: WWF International Communication Manager, Paul Gamblin, WWF Pacific Representative, Kesaia Tabunakawai, WWF Conservation Director, Sally Bailey and WWF Coordinator, Jackie Thomas at the Press Conference in Suva. Photoa: WWF Pacific
October 19
11:00 2016

 

Given the current population growth projections, 60 per cent more fish will be needed to feed the local population by the year 2030.

These were the findings in a report titled Reviving Melanesian’s Ocean Economy: The Case for Action.

The report was launched at the Fiji Museum in Suva yesterday.

The report, by World Wide Fund for Nature, is a step towards providing Governments and stakeholders the necessary information on Melanesia’s marine resources.

The report calls on leaders to make stronger commitments towards raising awareness on the importance of Melanesia’s marine resources.

It also says the health status of the Pacific Ocean is vital.

The report also highlights the direct economic and societal value of the ocean assets in Melanesia by allowing Pacific Island states in Melanesia to deliver their commitments derived from Sustainable Development Goal 14 on Oceans in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was also present at the launch.

WWF International Communication Manager, Paul Gamblin said one of the challenges faced during their report was gathering data across the region in regards to accessibility.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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