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No Fishing Around Suva: Declaration In Force

As of 31st December 2014, an Environmental Emergency Declaration under Section 40 of the Environment Management Act is now confirmed for parts of the Cunningham River as well as the
03 Jan 2015 10:59
No Fishing Around Suva: Declaration In Force

As of 31st December 2014, an Environmental Emergency Declaration under Section 40 of the Environment Management Act is now confirmed for parts of the Cunningham River as well as the Suva Coastline beginning from the mouth of the Rewa river up to Fiji Development bank foreshore, Suva.

Due to serious health concerns, there shall be no fishing or any other recreational activity in these waters.

An Inter-Agency Emergency committee comprising key stakeholders meets on a weekly basis to closely monitor the situation. The Fiji Police Force, is monitoring of areas affected to deter the public from using affected water sources.

Areas covered by the Declaration are from the mouth of Rewa river to Fiji Development bank foreshore area including Nukulau Island, whole of Laucala Bay area and 3 km further up the Cunningham River mouth. All fishermen and all coastal communities are urged to refrain from fishing in these areas as water tests done indicate a very high level of water contamination.

So far there has not been any report of fish poisoning directly related to the water contaminations. The committee is also monitoring all our Health Centres within the Suva –Nausori corridor for reports on fish poisoning or any other water related skin borne disease that could be related to the water contamination.

Water quality monitoring is done on a weekly basis by the University of the South Pacific laboratory.

 



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