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Overfishing ‘A Global Concern’

Overfishing is a form of over-exploitation in which fish stocks are depleted to unacceptable levels, regardless of water body size, says Fiji National University lecturer in fisheries Shalini Singh. Ms
15 Oct 2014 08:35
Overfishing ‘A Global Concern’

Overfishing is a form of over-exploitation in which fish stocks are depleted to unacceptable levels, regardless of water body size, says Fiji National University lecturer in fisheries Shalini Singh.

Ms Singh is using the 2014 International Food Festival underway at the FNU Namaka Campus in Nadi to raise awareness and promote the university’s fisheries courses.

“Overfishing is a global issue and Fiji has been affected as a result of overfishing with around 15 species of fish listed as endangered,” Ms Singh said.

Even though the Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry was addressing this issue, she said community awareness such as the International Food Festival was vital. “Majority of the community living in the coastal areas are dependent on the ocean for food as well as income-generation.

“Communities should be mindful of the environment and conserve it for our future generations,” she said.

“Coastal resources are most vulnerable and hard to protect.”

Ms Singh further applauded the Government’s initiative to put in place another five-year ban on turtle hunting in Fiji.

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