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WWF: Climate Change, Poor Waste Disposal Affect Kai Population

‘We have advised the villagers that there will be changes where they get freshwater mussels due to climate change.’ The high population of freshwater mussels will be shifting up due
01 Jun 2017 11:00
WWF: Climate Change, Poor Waste Disposal Affect Kai Population
Participants in the Kai Fishers consultation conducted by WWF Pacific for the six villages from the district of Nailaga.

‘We have advised the villagers that there will be changes where they get freshwater mussels due to climate change.’

The high population of freshwater mussels will be shifting up due to rise in sea level, also there could be factors on sedimentation that could affect the current stakeholders

Climate change, poor disposal of waste and rubbish are affecting freshwater mussels (kai) population grounds, fishers in Ba were informed during a consultation.

The Kai Fishers consultation conducted by WWF Pacific was done for the six villages from the district of Nailaga on Tuesday.

The consultation was aimed at raising awareness on how to protect and maintain the quality of the river delicacy and also on its conservation.

WWF Pacific climate change officer Rusila Savou said: “We have advised the villagers that there will be changes where they get freshwater mussels due to climate change.

“The high population of freshwater mussels will be shifting up due to rise in sea level, also there could be factors on sedimentation that could affect the current stakeholders.”

Ms Savou encouraged participants to refrain from dumping their waste by the Ba River.

“This is to raise awareness to people who live by the Ba River to manage their waste well because they eat freshwater mussels and fish from the river,” she said.

WWF Pacific conservation director Francis Areki reminded the participants on proper management.

“The main emphasis is climate change. It’s going to change the environment as well so they need to prepare in terms of managing their resources and with the impacts of climate change will make things worse,” he said.

“It’s better they do something now. Better manage their resources.”

Asena Tagi from Soweri Settlement said: “I’m grateful for this workshop. It has educated us on how the impact of climate change is affecting the freshwater mussels.

“Especially when most of us depend on freshwater mussels as sources of income for the family.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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