Fiji govt moves to combat decline in fish stocks

The Ministry of Fisheries in Fiji says it is working closely with the public to address a decrease in fish stocks.

Overfishing and marine pollution are seen as the main reasons for the decline.

60 percent of people in Fiji live in coastal areas and depend on fish as a source of income and food.

Permanent Secretary Sanaila Naqali the Ministry will work with Fijians to implement good fishing techniques.

It has started on projects aiming to ease some of the pressure on the marine life around the reefs, which is a key source of coastal fish.

Mr Naqali said with the projects in place, fish stocks should become sustainable again.

He also advised Fijians that rubbish and chemical spills in the ocean are killing marine life so he is calling for people to be more cautious when disposing of such items.



Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley Frozen albacore tuna offloaded in Lami, Fiji