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President Pledges to Save Groupers

President Major-General (Ret’d)  Jioji Konrote has made his personal commitment to forego kawakawa and donu during their peak spawning months, June through September, at the 2017 National Women’s Expo at
21 Jun 2017 11:00
President Pledges to Save Groupers
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta (left), and President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote during the 2017 National Women’s Expo at the Vodafone Arena. Photo: 4FJ

President Major-General (Ret’d)  Jioji Konrote has made his personal commitment to forego kawakawa and donu during their peak spawning months, June through September, at the 2017 National Women’s Expo at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

This makes him the newest champion for the 4FJ campaign.

Joining President Konrote, is Dr Josefa Koroivueta, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

Minister for the Ministry of Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau, has also made his 4FJ pledge.

The flurry of high level Government pledges follows the Government’s announcement early this month to ban the fishing and sale of kawakawa and donu, June through September, starting in 2018.

Kawakawa and donu, commonly called grouper, are particularly vulnerable because they gather predictably each year in the same site.

The ban would allow the fish to breed each year and help restock Fiji’s reefs, boosting the food security and livelihoods of Fiji communities.

More than 11,000 have pledge publicly, including a cross-sector coalition of Fiji institutions and individuals, including faith-based organisations and two national supermarket chains.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had made his pledge at the start of the 2015 breeding season.

Source: 4FJ

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