Future Cooperation On Makogai Fisheries Research
Potential cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Fisheries was explored over the weekend with a one day tour of the Island of Makogai.
The Ministry of Fisheries hosted a 19-member delegation from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China led by Ambassador, Zhang Ping on a site visit to the island which is still in its rehabilitation phase after it was severely damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston earlier this year.
Speaking to the officers of the ministry and their families, Zhang said that the one day trip was expected to bring out ideas and the way forward for research programs on the island.
“Fiji has developed in leaps and bounds especially with the technology used in propagation and breeding of giant clams using artificial methods. This is an interesting area that we would like to assist and possibly partner with the ministry and try to increase the activities carried out here on Makogai,” said Mr Zhang.
“There is a huge market for giant clams in China which has become increasingly popular for artefacts. We would also love to explore more about coastal fisheries and the huge potential it has in our markets,” added Mr Zhang.
“So this trip was mainly to develop ideas and concepts for future cooperation which will indeed benefit both countries.”
Mr Zhang and his delegation also handed over a laptop and a computer for the research office on the island.
He also donated food items and school stationary for the families.
Minister for Fisheries, Mr Semi Koroilavesau said that the meeting is the first of many and is indeed grateful for the support and assistance that has been rendered so far for the station on the island.
“We hope that this is the beginning of a great friendship especially in developing our fisheries sector and we know that the benefits of research on this island will create a huge impact on our marine resources,” added Mr Koroilavesau.
The visiting delegation also participated in tagging and releasing of a turtle and a tour of the island.
source: ministry of fisheries