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Fisheries Doing Well: Naiqamu

Fiji’s coastal fisheries are contributing well to the nation’s economic well-being, says the Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu. He said a healthy and sustainable fishery eco-system was vital
07 Aug 2015 10:28
Fisheries Doing Well: Naiqamu
Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu (garlanded), with staff members. Photo: Ministry of Fisheries and Forests

Fiji’s coastal fisheries are contributing well to the nation’s economic well-being, says the Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu.

He said a healthy and sustainable fishery eco-system was vital for food security, income-generation, alternative livelihood options, employment opportunities and general well-being.

During the 2015 Fiji Coastal consultation at the USP–ICT Centre on Wednesday Mr Naiqamu said the fisheries department had launched a plan to improve its management of coastal fisheries.

“With an estimated 27,000 tons of fresh fish being produced from coastal fishing and its associated contribution to GDP, food and nutrition security; it has also created employment opportunities that contribute to the improvement of living standards across rural and maritime regions in Fiji,” he said.

“To assure that food, employment and other benefits continue to flow in from coastal fisheries, we strongly need to enhance our efforts in coastal fisheries management.

“The emphasis now is geared towards more investment in funding and manpower to improve coastal fisheries management, thus to include the setting up of a new coastal fisheries management division within the department where a fully–fledged unit could become fully operational within the next three to five years,” he said.

The goal is to improve data collection and transform the department’s licensing, monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS).

“It is envisioned that once proper enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations are in place, advantageous impacts would lead to sustainable benefits to coastal fisheries for all people in Fiji – well into the future,” he said.

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