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Govt Calls For Controlled Fishing

There is a need to control fishing in the Vatu- i- Ra Seascape, says Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests, Inoke Wainiqolo. Mr Wainiqolo made the comment while addressing participants
15 Jul 2015 13:45
Govt Calls For Controlled Fishing

There is a need to control fishing in the Vatu- i- Ra Seascape, says Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests, Inoke Wainiqolo.

Mr Wainiqolo made the comment while addressing participants at a marine conservation workshop for the stakeholders of the area.

“An economic valuation of tourism and fisheries in the Vatu- i- Ra in 2014 estimated the annual value of fisheries and tourism in Vatu- i- Ra Seascape at FJ$71, 821, 300,” Mr Wainiqolo said.

“However, human related activities have intensified over the years. Unless we make sure we balance our use of the area, through adaptive management strategies, and managing the impacts and also developing a vision for sustainable resource use, we will lose the things that we value in the Seascape.”

The workshop is aimed at mapping out biological, ecological, social and economic features in the Vatu- i- Ra Seascape.

It is also to identify and map out possible areas in the Seascape that could be set as Marine Managed Areas.

Mr Wainiqolo also reiterated the commitment made by government in 2005 to effectively protect 30 per cent of its seas by 2020.

He said this commitment was again adopted in the Green Growth Framework that was recently launched by the FijiFirst Government.

The workshop, organised by Wildlife Conservation Fiji, is attended by stakeholders from the tourism, Government, community and fishing sectors.

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