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Fishing ban

Dawn Gibson
Thursday, January 31, 2013

THE Suva City Council (SCC) is urging members of the public to refrain from using the Nabukalou Creek as a source of food.

This was reiterated by the council's special administrator Chandu Umaria on Tuesday afternoon after statistics showed high levels of pollution in the creek.

This was also worrisome given that the council had put up signs advising the public against such activities.

"We've put up notices along that creek way which state that people should not be fishing there, but obviously these are being disregarded.

"We really cannot stress enough that this creek is not in good condition and that food should not be sourced from it," Mr Umaria said. He added however, that the public needed to try and understand the different scenarios experienced by different families.

"The problem is that the question of hardship always comes in. Many people are unemployed but at the same time have families to feed," Mr Umaria revealed.

He said with this being an issue, the council was seriously considering cleaning the creek to make it less of an eyesore and more useful to the public.

"Not only to make it more useful, but we've noticed that with the King Tide, many shops along the creek's stretch experience severe flooding. This issue also needs to be addressed," he said. Marine biologist Dr Edward Anderson said the creek should not be used as a source of food given its pollution levels.

"Pollution in Nabukalou Creek is obvious. We can all see grey water, indicating sewage and floating rubbish," Dr Anderson said.

"Over the last 18 years, students at the University of the South Pacific have regularly monitored faecal coliform bacteria (FC) in Nabukalou Creek.

"The average these measurements indicate is that FC in this creek has at least 500 times the recommended limit for recreation," he revealed.

Given the statistics, Mr Umaria confirmed that the council was working on a solution to the creek problem - including the idea of dredging the creek to make it useable again.

* Creek Problem


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