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Seafood demand high up North

By LOSIRENE CHAND The Department of Fisheries in the Northern Division told the Fiji Sun that it was currently tapping into deep sea snapper. As they anticipate a high demand
18 Mar 2013 09:22

By LOSIRENE CHAND

The Department of Fisheries in the Northern Division told the Fiji Sun that it was currently tapping into deep sea snapper.
As they anticipate a high demand for sea food, senior fisheries officer- Northern, Joji Vuakaca, said this would open a big market for the local people.
The opening of the Rabi ice plant last week, Mr Vuakaca said, had provided the needed storage means for fishermen of Rabi, Yanuca, Kioa and the Tunuloa and Natewa areas of Cakaudrove.
He said the ice plant would have no opening or closing hours and a department personnel would always be on stand-by.
“It will be accessible anytime as the fishermen go out fishing depending on the weather.”
The department has also expanded its prawn farming thrust in Vanua Levu.
Last January the department harvested prawns from a new pond outside Labasa which also farmed tilapia.
Because of developments and infrastructures setting up taking place in the Northern Division, investors are coming in and markets are opening up for fish farmers.
Meanwhile Fisheries Cooperation Foundation of Japan’s overseas representative, Shimba Fukuba, said the foundation gave technical assistance to Pacific islands including Fiji.
“We hope to build good relations with Fiji and give assistance and as Fiji is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean most of the income will come from the sea.”



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