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Paddlers Clean-up Navua River

More than 100 paddlers in outrigger canoes, kayaks & paddle boards joined hands to paddle 17 kilometers upriver to clean up the Navua River on Saturday. “I must say that
26 Jun 2017 14:23
Paddlers Clean-up Navua River
Minister for Fisheries and Ocean Champion Semi Koroilavesau speaking to the paddlers in Navua on June 24, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Fisheries

More than 100 paddlers in outrigger canoes, kayaks & paddle boards joined hands to paddle 17 kilometers upriver to clean up the Navua River on Saturday.

“I must say that you as collective individuals have created a huge impact not only locally but on the international platform as well by taking the initiative to clean up our rivers and our beloved ocean,” Minister for Fisheries and Ocean Champion Semi Koroilavesau said.

“For Fiji to be global leaders means to have the nation come and work together through whatever means available or possible and I am so honoured to witness that you have taken the agenda in such a creative way,” he added.

Coral bleaching, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, pollution, inadequate ecosystem protection; these are some of the many issues facing Fiji and the world.

“The time for just talking about these issues have passed and it is now time for action – any and every positive action in whatever form or size.

“A culture is growing; I also wish to say that whatever you are doing feeds directly into what I see as an evolving national ambition, which is to develop and perpetuate a culture of consciousness and care over our vulnerable environment.”

The paddlers were joined by Ministry of Fisheries officials.

They then joined Bank South Pacific staff members at Vunibau Village in Serua for another clean up session.

 

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