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Govt Declares Makogai Island Plastic Free, Marine Protected Area

  The use of plastic bags has been banned on Makogai Island in Lomaiviti. This was declared by the Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau who is currently touring the island.
01 Feb 2019 09:00
Govt Declares Makogai Island Plastic Free, Marine Protected Area
Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesdau at Kiuva Village in Tailevu on June 27, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

The use of plastic bags has been banned on Makogai Island in Lomaiviti.

This was declared by the Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau who is currently touring the island.

In addition to this, the island was also declared a Marine Protected Area (MPA). Mr Koroilavesau stressed the need to protect the islands’ resources and environment for a sustainable future.

“I shall reiterate that the resources are loaned to us by our future generations, they are looking at us to pass onto them all that we had inherited from the older generations,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“Consequently, as a ministry we will establish the waters around Makogai as a Maritime Protected Area. Our work would not have been possible without our willing and active collaborative partners.”

Mr Koroilavesau also planted 50 yasi (sandalwood) trees in partnership with the Ministry of Forestry through their Plant 4 Million Trees programme by 2022.

“It is important for everyone to note that planting trees is a mitigation factor in terms of deforestation,” he said.

“Let’s all continue in the spirit of collaboration and ensure that we develop the best Fisheries Research and Mariculture Centre in the South Pacific.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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