Fisheries

Fisheries officials attend workshop

Twenty officials from the department of fisheries will be attending a four day workshop to learn more on monitoring, control and surveillance of coastal and inshore fisheries. Speaking at the opening of the 2015 Coastal Fisheries, Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) training today, Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Permanent Secretary, Inoke Wainiqolo reminded the officials […]

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September 15, 2015 10:53 pm

Twenty officials from the department of fisheries will be attending a four day workshop to learn more on monitoring, control and surveillance of coastal and inshore fisheries.

Speaking at the opening of the 2015 Coastal Fisheries, Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) training today, Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Permanent Secretary, Inoke Wainiqolo reminded the officials of their roles as regulators in the management of Fiji laws.

“While you strive to enhance skills in the MCS activities, it is important to understand the links between why or who we are managing our coastal fisheries resources for,” Mr Wainiqolo said.

“Recent surveys indicate Fiji’s coastal fishery contributes enormously to the nation’s economic wellbeing, with an estimated 27,000 tons of fresh fish being produced from coastal fishing associated contribution to GDP, food and nutrition and the creation of employment.”

Mr Wainiqolo also highlighted to the participants that their role as fisheries managers not only contributes to the economy of our country but makes a difference to the daily livelihoods of the people.

In addition, the ministry has endorsed initial planning and discussion process in the establishment of coastal fisheries management division that is intended to spearhead the department’s efforts in resource management and better respond to issues in coastal fisheries sector.

Mr Wainiqolo said that this commitment is made towards the increasing efforts to improve the management of coastal fisheries and invertebrate resources.

Senior Fisheries Officer, Mere Lakeba said that the training is a great opportunity to learn more on monitoring processes of coastal and inshore fishing grounds.

Source: Fijian Government

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