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Katonitabua: 90% of Kawakawa, Donu Breeding Sites Lost

More than 90 per cent of Fiji’s known kawakawa and donu breeding sites are either declining or have been lost. This was revealed by the acting Permanent Secretary for Fisheries,
23 Aug 2018 10:13
Katonitabua: 90% of Kawakawa, Donu Breeding Sites Lost
From left: Fisheries director Aisake Batibasaga, Acting Permanent Secretary for Fisheries Naipote Katonitabua and principal fisheries officer Richard Veeran during a press conference. Photo: Swashna Chand

More than 90 per cent of Fiji’s known kawakawa and donu breeding sites are either declining or have been lost.

This was revealed by the acting Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Naipote Katonitabua in Suva on Tuesday.

“The penalties for any breaches of the ban are significant with instant fines of $10000 for individuals and $20000 for corporations and maximum penalties are fines of up to $50000 for individuals and up to $100000 for corporations,” he said.

“These critical food and income fish for Fijians were facing collapse if no management action was taken.

“It is recognised that this ban period will not cover the entire breeding period for all 27 species; however the ban is designed to balance the interests of fisheries, communities, and business and to give these important species some time to breed through the peak breeding months to restock our reefs.

“This ban is designed to ensure that we reverse the decline to benefit the health of our communities and businesses.”

Mr Katonitabua added that the ministry was getting reports from people intentionally in contravention of the ban and covertly catching, storing and selling these species during the ban period.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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