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Over Exploitation Of Marine Life Raises Concerns

  There is an increasing concern among stakeholders in Fiji that  important coastal fishery resources are being over exploited leading to significant declines in abundance and productivity. These diminishing resources
04 Sep 2016 09:00
Over Exploitation Of Marine Life Raises Concerns

 

There is an increasing concern among stakeholders in Fiji that  important coastal fishery resources are being over exploited leading to significant declines in abundance and productivity.

These diminishing resources include many species of finfish and larger mega fauna species such as sea turtles and coastal shark species.

This was highlighted by Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forests Samuela Lagataki during the launch of University of the South Pacific’s 2016 Strategic Research Themes at the USP Japan-Pacific ICT Centre in Suva last week.

Mr Lagataki said the coastal fisheries resources associated biodiversity and habitat units were critically important for our country.

Mr Lagataki said the list of species or taxa that were suffering from serial depletion included sea cucumber (beche-de-mer), giant clams, bivalves and gastropod shellfish species.

“Fisheries are vital to the nutrition and incomes of coastal communities in Fiji.

“The direct contribution of inshore fisheries to the Gross Domestic Product of Fiji is about $73 million from inshore fisheries and over 70 per cent of the total population directly or indirectly depend on the services provided in terms of food security income and livelihood.”

Mr Lagataki said the main key challenge was to maintain the large existing benefits on food security from inshore fisheries and further promote inshore artisanal fisheries.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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