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Kawakawa, Donu Spawning Area In Kadavu Becomes Marine Reserve

Kawakawa, Donu Spawning Area In Kadavu Becomes Marine Reserve
The Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau unveils a plaque that sees the Naiqoro Passage in Kadavu declared a Marine Reserve Area. Naiqoro Passage is host to the last main spawning aggregation for Kawakawa and Donu in Fiji and other key food fish species. Photo: Ministry of Fisheries
November 08
10:36 2018

Designated inshore waters around Naiqoro Passage were officially launched on Tuesday at Matasawalevu Village, Nakasaleka, Kadavu by the Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau.

The area is tagged as a Marine Reserve Area, with its allocated buffer zone area covering approximately 4.83 square kilometres.

Attended by chiefs and villagers of the tikina of Nakasaleka, Mr Koroilavesau said that it is befitting for the Government, through the ministry to thank the people of the tikina for this milestone achievement.

“Your presence to witness the fruit of your visionary leadership and foresight is indeed an example for the other coastal communities in the country,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“I say this because I am well aware that you have been our partners for the last 15 years since 2003, when it was first discussed by your Elders and Chief (The Late Turaga na Tui Taveu) and the entire village, to set aside a portion of your local fishing ground as a marine protected area.

“You have set in place a model- for leadership in marine resource management and conservation at the community level, and the rest of Fiji would look up, and follow in your footsteps.”

This designated ‘Naiqoro Passage Marine Reserve’ is a ‘fully-protected permanent no-take area’- meaning that there shall be no fishing allowed within the designated boundaries.

Tui Taveu, Apenisa Tabua said: “It has been a long time coming and we thank the Ministry of Fisheries for working with us to ensure that all aspects were covered.

“I must also thank the chiefs of the Tikina of Nakasaleka for their tremendous support and vision and I believe that my fellow villagers at Matasawalevu will play their part well in protecting our ocean’s resources.”

Naiqoro Passage is host to the last main spawning aggregation for Kawakawa and Donu in Fiji and other key food fish species.

Source: Ministry of Fisheries

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