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Public urged to help Government sustain and protect our marine resources.

Ministry Grateful to Smith for Saving Crabs
06 May 2019 12:01
Public urged to help Government sustain and protect our marine resources.
Undersize crabs that were released at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. Photo: Jonathan Smith.

The Ministry of Fisheries is grateful for the actions taken by Jonathan Smith in saving crabs being sold by vendors.

Mr Smith recently bought two bundles of undersized crabs on Saturday from the Suva market. He then released those crabs he bought in the sheltered waters of the Suva yacht club.

This is why the ministry is encouraging the public to work with them and help in sustaining, protecting and growing our marine resources.

Mr Smith managed to bargain the price down to $20 for the big bundle and $15 for the small bundle. He said there were 30 undersized crabs (8cm wide) in both bundles of which 20 were females and 10 males.

“When I told the lady and the guy that I was going to release it they gave that what is wrong with you look,” Mr Smith said.

Shaula and Carter with the crabs they were going to release at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. Photo: Jonathan Smith.

Shaula and Carter with the crabs they were going to release at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. Photo: Jonathan Smith.

The ministry and its partners will shortly commence an awareness and outreach concerning the size limits of fish and crab species around the country.

This campaign will be referred to as the Set Size campaign. It will be focused on developing a system of sustainable minimum size limits for inshore fish in Fiji.

The ministry also recognises the importance of ensuring that people comply with the current fisheries rules and regulations to address and minimise any unsustainable harvesting practices.

A recent recruitment of additional dedicated frontline inshore fisheries compliance officers has now been completed and these officers will start duties today.

These additional officers will be in the field conducting targeted inspections across the country to ensure compliance with fisheries rules, including the current size limits.

The ministry will enforce these fisheries rules and take effective action against anyone found violating these regulations.

These officers will make a significant contribution to increase compliance with fisheries rules and ensuring more sustainable inshore fisheries.

Undersize crabs that were released at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. Photo: Jonathan Smith.

Undersize crabs that were released at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. Photo: Jonathan Smith.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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