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Deal Secures Long-Term Development Of Pearl Farming In Qamea

An agreement signed between Civa Fiji Pearls Limited and the Vanua Trust of Laucala sees long term development of pearl farming in Qamea Island being secured. A memorandum of understanding
20 Jul 2016 12:43
Deal Secures Long-Term Development Of Pearl Farming In Qamea

An agreement signed between Civa Fiji Pearls Limited and the Vanua Trust of Laucala sees long term development of pearl farming in Qamea Island being secured.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two for the expansion of spat collecting activities for pearl farming on Qamea Island.

Spat collecting is the process of collecting natural oyster larvae and rearing them to maturity.

The spat collecting site is one of few spots in the Northern Division consistently producing good quality oysters in enough quantity.

The oysters will be used at Civa Fiji Pearls’ Wailoa farm, Taveuni, with a first crop anticipated in 2019.

This is good news for Civa Fiji Pearls since Tropical Cyclone Winston caused serious damage to operations above and below the water.

The pearl farm also suffered a direct hit from Cyclone Thomas six years ago. With most infrastructure now rebuilt the increased spat collection will contribute to further recovery.

Chairman of the Vanua Trust of Laucala, Jone Fifita Rakesa, said they have been doing pearl oyster spat collecting for the last two years successfully.

“This project started very slowly with help from the fisheries department but now is growing out by itself,” he said.

“Partnering with Civa Fiji Pearls who want to develop the resource in a sustainable manner with us is the way forward.

“They have good knowledge and are willing to share for the long term benefit of all. We are custodian of this resource and we must, for the sake of our children, develop it while protecting it.”

Edited by: Rachna lal

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