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EDITORIAL: Let Us Support The 4FJ Campaign

4FJ (short for For Fiji) is asking people from all walks of life to pledge not to eat, buy or sell the kawakawa and donu during their peak breeding months,
07 Jul 2015 11:07
EDITORIAL: Let Us Support The 4FJ Campaign

4FJ (short for For Fiji) is asking people from all walks of life to pledge not to eat, buy or sell the kawakawa and donu during their peak breeding months, June through September, so they can replenish Fiji’s reefs.
More than 4,000 people from all walks of life including Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama have already publicly pledged to support the campaign, with many more taking the pledge privately. Prominent pledges from public and private sector, from the churches, traditional leaders, and fishermen, have also been received.
The latest pledge was by coach Ben Ryan and the national 7s team.
The Fisheries Department, iTauke Affairs and the Methodist Church of Fiji have led the direct engagement of communities around support the campaign.
Kawakawa and donu, commonly called grouper, are an important source of protein and income for Fiji’s communities. These fish are also commercially valuable to our urban centers and visitor industry, and deeply ingrained in our culture. However, as Fiji’s population has grown and the demand for both food and income has grown, these fish are declining across Fiji.
There is something easy everyone can do right now to help this fish recover. If we do not harvest these fish when they are reproducing, and let them release millions of eggs instead each year, the fish populations can begin to rebound.
4FJ is asking people from all walks of life to take a simple pledge: “I will not eat, buy or sell kawakawa and donu from June through September.”
These are the peak months that these vulnerable fish reproduce. And if you avoid them June to September, there will be more fish to eat the rest of the year.
What makes kawakawa and donu particularly vulnerable to overfishing is the way the fish reproduces.
During short periods each year, individuals swim from their home reefs, sometimes covering great distances, to aggregate or gather in one place to reproduce. Scientists call these gathering spots, which are always in the same exact spots year after year, spawning aggregation sites.
Traditionally, these sites are well-known to local fishermen and provided good opportunities to fish them with minimal effort.
For all those that had made the pledge and those that had not, save the two fish by not eating them during their spawning period.
Remember the campaign is about ensuring we can keep eating them, not to stop eating them.

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