Nau­sori Town Coun­cil pledges to sup­port the Min­istry of Fish­eries 2018 ban on the sale of kawakawa and donu

Al­most 15,000 peo­ple have taken the 4FJ pledge to date.

Fiji Sun - - Business -

The Nau­sori Town Coun­cil has taken the lead for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in pledg­ing to sup­port Min­istry of Fish­eries ef­forts to ban the sale of kawakawa and donu. The ban has been placed dur­ing the two species peak breed­ing months, June through Septem­ber, start­ing in 2018. “Nau­sori Town Coun­cil took the pledge be­cause we truly be­lieve in re­plen­ish­ing our fish pop­u­la­tion,” said Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Akhtar Ali.

“Aware­ness to all stake­hold­ers is critical to en­sure we achieve this ob­jec­tive. Nau­sori Town Coun­cil will en­force this law in our mar­kets and will help sup­port this cam­paign.”

Kawakawa and donu are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to over­fish­ing be­cause they gather pre­dictably each year in the same chan­nels to breed.

Those sites are of­ten fished heav­ily, leav­ing few fish be­hind to re­stock Fiji reefs.

Of the known breed­ing sites in Fiji, 80 per cent are de­clin­ing or gone, Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment re­ported.

The 4FJ cam­paign was launched in 2014 to en­cour­age peo­ple to vol­un­tar­ily pledge to forego the fish dur­ing their peak breed­ing months, to give them space to breed and re­plen­ish Fiji’s reefs.

Nearly 15,000 peo­ple have taken the 4FJ pledge to date.

Buoyed by the sup­port for the cam­paign, the Min­istry of Fish­eries, working with Change the cam­paign cre­ator, launched an out­reach pro­gramme to the pri­vate sec­tor to in­form them of its planned sea­sonal four month ban that starts next year. The out­reach pro­gramme is now en­gag­ing the town coun­cil di­rectly, as they per­mit the ur­ban fish mar­kets.

“The Min­istry ap­plauds the de­ci­sion made by the Nau­sori Town Coun­cil to sup­port the 4FJ Cam­paign,” said Min­istry of Fish­eries direc­tor Aisake Bat­i­basaga.

“The Min­istry is working closely with all rel­e­vant key stake­hold­ers and the 4FJ Cam­paign part­ners to see that all sec­tors of so­ci­ety are duly in­formed of the need to put in place this peak sea­sonal spawn­ing ag­gre­ga­tion ban.”

Photo: cChange

Nau­sori Town Coun­cil staff with Min­istry of Fishries staff dur­ing the pledg­ing cer­e­mony.

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