Fisheries

Opposition leader joins 4FJ campaign

The Opposition leader and Burebasaga confederacy paramount chief Ro Teimumu Kepa is the newest champion for the 4FJ campaign to revive the dwindling populations of kawakawa and donu in Fiji. The campaign asks people from all walks of life to forego the fish during its peak breeding months, June through September, to allow them to […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

September 1, 2016 11:22 am

The Opposition leader and Burebasaga confederacy paramount chief Ro Teimumu Kepa is the newest champion for the 4FJ campaign to revive the dwindling populations of kawakawa and donu in Fiji.

Leader of Opposition Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa. (Peni Shute/ Newswire)
Leader of Opposition Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa. (Peni Shute/ Newswire)

The campaign asks people from all walks of life to forego the fish during its peak breeding months, June through September, to allow them to release their eggs and start restocking our reefs.

Ro Teimumu Kepa in her letter to the campaign said with wholehearted enthusiasm shec pledges her support to the campaign.

KEPA: “Echoing the call of the Honourable Prime Minister as well as the ministries of Fisheries and iTaukei Affairs, I am requesting we work across party lines and affiliation to preserve this fish species, so valued in our culture.”

She said the tagline for the campaign “A Movement to Protect Our Way of Life” was particularly meaningful.

KEPA: “As caretakers of the our environment and culture, we the Indigenous peoples of Rewa and Burebasaga must issue a call to all Fiji citizens to join with us and support us or we are in grave danger of forever losing these species of fish.”

She has also called on the village headmen, Turaga ni Koro, the Soqosoqo Vaka Marama, the MYF and the Catholic Women’s League in all  villages to relay this call to action.

KEPA: “Let all villages compete to join this pledge.”

Executive Director of Change Scott Radway said the grassroots campaign has received strong and growing support from across the country, including most recently the national supermarket chain such Morris Hedstrom (MH).

RADWAY: “Today, Ro Teimumu’s commitment to champion the 4FJ Movement demonstrates that this campaign is above political affiliations and speaks to the power of the movement created by people across the country calling for change.We are deeply grateful that Ro Teimiumu has offered to send the 4FJ message out across her networks.”

Meanwhile, Fiji Fisheries Department studies show a rapid decline of the A grade fish, including one that revealed a 70 percent decline in catches over 30 years.

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