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Wishing our valued stakeholders a Merry Christmas and a bright and prosperous New Year

Bula Vinaka,Namaste and Welcome!!!

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It is my honor to welcome you to the new Ministry of Fisheries website.

The ministry appreciates your interest in visiting our website since we regard it as a medium for informing our valued audiences of our regulatory and service responsibility for the national fisheries management through the following functions: 

  • Formulating, aligning, reviewing  and implementing policies, strategies, plans, programmes and projects;
  • Providing and administering the regulatory functions under the respective ministry legislations and regulations;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the current strategies, policies and deliverables;
  • Developing and promoting effective training, communication and awareness and extension and advisory services;
  • Strengthening community and industry networks and supporting infrastructure;
  • Maintaining international bilateral and multilateral commitments; and 
  • Undertaking applied research for sustainable fisheries resource management practice and product development.

Through this website, we aim to share fisheries information and strengthen our service delivery all our valued stakeholders.

   

Fisheries Donor Development Partner Assistance from People's Republic of China

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China has extended a helping hand to the Ministry of Fisheries through a $40,000.00 assistance which will go towards the purchasing of solar refrigerators for the rural and maritime islands.

In handing over the cheque this morning at the Ministry of Fisheries headquarters in Suva, People’s Republic of China Ambassador, His Excellency, Qian Bo said that they are delighted to assist the ministry in this area. “I am sure that the communities who will receive the solar refrigerators will be delighted as they are now able to store their catch properly,” said Mr. Bo. “We will gladly assist the ministry in whatever we can and also strengthen our relationship,” added Mr. Bo.

Minister for Fisheries, Mr. Semi Koroilavesau said that through the handing over this morning, this will bring the total of solar refrigerators to five as four have already been budgeted for in the 2018/2019 budget. “With the five units, we are looking at placing them in the Lau group, Northern Division as well as the Western Division,”explained Mr. Koroilavesau. “We are anticipating more assistance from Government and we hope to purchase another 40 units which will be distributed to selected communities in the rural and maritime islands.Communities selected are also stationed far from the ministry ice plant centres so costs of traveling to collect ice will be minimised.” Through the distribution of these solar refrigerators, coastal communities will be able to store fish for a longer period whilst waiting for delivery to the buyers.

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Ministerial Assignment, Priorities and Performance Framework Meeting

The Ministry of Fisheries will be working on developing and improving several focus areas like Sustainable Fisheries, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation and Aquaculture. Speaking at the Ministerial Assignment, Priorities and Performance Framework meeting at the Holiday Inn Conference Centre in Suva on Monday 10th December, Minister for Fisheries, Mr Semi Koroilavesau encouraged senior officers to continue to work hard and be able to deliver on the services that is required of the ministry. “There will be huge challenges in the coming months which can easily be overcome if everyone work together.We now have the capacity as a fully-fledged ministry and I must remind you that we all need to work extra hard especially with all the resources that we have been given,” said Mr Koroilavesau.

Mr Koroilavesau presented on various key areas that need to be achieved within the ministry. “We are looking at strengthening our aquaculture sector and creating more awareness so that more farmers are assisted to start their own tilapia, prawn and shrimp farms. This will also put off some of the pressure that is currently being placed in our reef systems and overfishing,” explained Mr Koroilavesau. “We will also be strengthening our Fishermen Associations around the country and also introduce new forms of fishing using Fishing Aggregate Devices (FAD’s). With our associations, we will be able to co-ordinate catch data collection and they will also be our eyes and ears on the ground,” said Mr Koroilavesau. Mr Koroilavesau added that a stock assessment will be carried out in qoliqoli waters across coastal communities so that the ministry has data on stocks of various species in our waters. “We will continue with the seasonal ban on high value commodities and we will be carrying out extensive awareness in our communities over the coming months.” He went on to say that there is a lot to be achieved and hopes that through hard work and a lot of sacrifice from the officers on the ground, more will be achieved. “Please relay to the men and women on the ground on the intentions that we have as a ministry in moving forward and the need for us to work together more than ever before,” said Mr Koroilavesau.

Mr Koroilavesau is adamant that the ministry will do all it can to work with all stakeholders so that together, the fisheries sector continues to grow.

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Ciguatera Fish Poisoning During This Festive Season

The Ministry of Fisheries is advising members of the public to be wary of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning during this festive season. Ciguatera is a toxin produced by marine micro-algae specifically a dinoflagellate, called Gambierdiscus toxicus. Tropical marine fish accumulate this toxin through their diet by eating algae or smaller fish and when humans eat contaminated fish, they develop a condition called ciguatera fish poisoning.

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning commonly occurs in tropical and subtropical areas, particularly in the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea. Members of the public when buying fish need to be wary of certain fish that could contain these poisonous toxins like Ogo, Donu Saloa, Dokonivudi, Kake Sailoa, Bati, Regurawa, Daniva, Sumusumu, Dabea, Delabulewa and Utouto to name a few. Ciguatera poisoning mostly occurs in areas which has rapid increase of algae in the water system, nutrient enrichment through land run-off and high oil spills especially near jetties.

Ciguatera poisoning usually starts 2-24 hours after eating fish with this toxin and the most common signs are; numbness in fingers, toes, lips, mouth and throat, burning sensation on contact with cold water, join and muscle pain as well as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and severe headache. Members of the public are advised to seek medical attention at the on-set of the symptoms and also refrain from eating reef fish for at least six months after treatment.

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Government Assistance To Monitor Naiqoro MPA  

Around 30 fish wardens in the tikina of Nakasaleka in Kadavu were given their 23 footer patrol boat with a 60 horse powered engine to assist them in monitoring their newly gazetted Naiqoro marine protected area.

Handing over the new boat on 6th November at Matasawalevu Village, Minister for Fisheries, Mr Semi Koroilavesau said that the hard work now begins for them as they watch over their marine reserve. “I am sure with the training that you have received, you will be able to uphold the laws and regulations of looking after your marine reserve and let me remind you that you must never take the law into your own hands,” said Mr Koroilavesau.

Tui Taveu, Mr Apenisa Tabua said that they were excited to start with their operations and sincerely thanked Government for the timely assistance. “We are grateful to Government for the assistance and this will in fact boost operations with the marine reserve.

We plan to have two to three men doing night shift work and stationed somewhere where we are able to have a bird’s eye view of the marine gazetted area,” explained Mr Tabua. “Villagers in the tikina are aware of the gazetted marine area and we will certainly work together to ensure that we protect our reserved area for generations to come,” added Mr Tabua.

The ministry has conducted fish warden training for most coastal communities around Fiji.

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  Public Notice:   Public notice access public notice kawakawa and donu Ciguatera Poster

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