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Government Envoy Addresses ACP Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting

Steps taken by the Government to maintain a sustainable fisheries sector against a backdrop of growing challenges was highlighted this week at the 5th Meeting of the African, Caribbean, and
23 Sep 2017 11:25
Government  Envoy Addresses ACP Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting
Ambassador Deo Saran (left), led Fiji's delegation. Photo: DEPTFO News

Steps taken by the Government to maintain a sustainable fisheries sector against a backdrop of growing challenges was highlighted this week at the 5th Meeting of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Fisheries is regarded as the mainstay for food security. The industry is the 3rd largest natural resource based sector within the Fijian economy, and contributes 7.0 per cent of Fiji’s total export earnings. Fiji’s Head of Mission to the European Union based in Brussels, Ambassador Deo Saran, led Fiji’s delegation to the meeting where he highlighted the importance of the fisheries sector to Fiji’s socio-economic development.

Speaking at the Ministerial Round Table on exchange of views with key partners for the EU, ADB, World Bank, IFAD and FAO, Ambassador Saran presented Fiji’s strategies and initiatives and the many challenges it faces in maintaining a sustainable fisheries sector.

He said that recognising the immense value of the marine environment and the importance of looking after our coastal seas, the ocean and marine resources, the Fijian government adopted a number of fisheries sustainable policies. In this regard it has entered into several international conventions and made commitments to ensure the sustainability of the fisheries sector.

Fiji made a declaration at the meeting of the Small Island Developing States in Mauritius to effectively protect 30 per cent of its seas by 2020.

This was the first declaration of its kind in the Pacific and showed Fiji’s leadership in the area of marine conservation and sustainable fisheries development. Fiji renewed this commitment in 2014 at the UN SIDS Ocean conference in Samoa.

As Fiji’s Climate Ambassador for the COP23, the ongoing negotiations on climate change, Ambassador Saran told delegates that Fiji intends to draw a strong link between the health of oceans and climate change when it assumes the presidency of COP23 in November this year. He added that Fiji would highlight the role of oceans in existing climate change negotiations and the Action Agenda and build support for a more integrated programme of work to address the impact of climate change to oceans and marine life.



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