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Barotu Supports Pledge

Barotu Village in Ra has supported the pledge not to catch ‘kawakawa’ and ‘donu’ during peak spawning months from June to September. Villagers made the pledge after a presentation by
01 Nov 2014 16:10
Barotu Supports Pledge
Fijian marine graduate Ben Maracava.

Barotu Village in Ra has supported the pledge not to catch ‘kawakawa’ and ‘donu’ during peak spawning months from June to September.

Villagers made the pledge after a presentation by Fijian marine studies graduate Ben Maracava.

He approached their clan leader Sereana Ralaca who told the turaga ni koro to call the whole village to meet.

After his presentation, all the fishermen pledged and the whole village agreed that they would protect the two fish species during their peak spawning months.

Mr Maracava told villagers – “If they keep fishing them out, their children and  grandchildren wouldn’t know what these types of  fish looked like anymore because they will all be gone.”

He said they used to depend on their marine resources for livelihood but over-exploitation had forced most villagers over the years to resort to cane cutting in neighbouring cane farms.

Villagers said they had witnessed the drastic decline of kawakawa and donu fish over the years and would be lucky to catch any at all.

The executive director of SeaWeb Asia Pacific, Scott Radway, the creators of the 4FJ Campaign, said the pledge by the villagers gave them a lot of hope that they could revive these important fishes in Fiji.

He said Barotu deserved a lot of praise for hearing that message and taking action straightaway.

“It gives us a lot of hope that we can revive these important fish in Fiji,” Mr Radway said.

The 4FJ Campaign (short for For Fiji) was launched in March this year.

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