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Makogai Research Station Rises Again

  The new Makogai Mariculture Research Centre will be leading the Sustainable Fisheries, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation projects, says the Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau. He made the comment
01 Feb 2019 09:00
Makogai Research Station Rises Again
Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau (front row standing eighth from left), and his Permanent Secretary Craig Strong (front row standing seventh from left), on Makogai Island in Lomaiviti on January 30, 2019. Photo: Wati Talebula

 

The new Makogai Mariculture Research Centre will be leading the Sustainable Fisheries, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation projects, says the Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau.

He made the comment during the commissioning of the research centre’s new office and residential buildings on Makogai Island, Lomaiviti.

The research centre and residential buildings were destroyed during Cyclone Winston on 2016.

“This is a new beginning, a new journey that we are embarking on a new action plan. We will work hard to bring in new commodities, new projects, new infrastructure, new laboratory and research equipment to increase our outputs and service delivery at the same time,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“We thank the Government and the Ministry of Economy for the provision of funds for this rehabilitation work at Makogai and all the technical divisions of Government, which have helped us, complete the necessary construction.”

Mr Koroilavesau said the station is equipped to conduct research on marine commodities, spawning and culturing of giant clam species and cage farming of coral trout and cod.

“The baby giant clam stocks produced at Makogai have been used to restock the reefs around Fiji, and we mainly focused on reseeding the Marine Protected Areas. The fisheries station is also ideally placed, and boasting a very productive coral reef ecosystem and rich diversity.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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