THE Department of Fisheries has set its eyes on setting up a hatchery in the Northern Division to meet the rising demand for tilapia fish.
Divisional Fisheries Officer Joji Vakawaletabua said they were waiting for the Lands Department to finalise paper work that was being processed.
Mr Vakawaletabua said the piece of land would cater for the new hatchery but he did not reveal where it would be situated.
The fisheries team has set up small fish and prawn farms around Vanua Levu, particularly in Cakaudrove Province.
Last month, the team harvested prawns from a farm at Nabekavu, outside Labasa Town.
In an earlier interview with the Fiji Times, Mr Vakawaletabua said the set up of new prawn and fish farms was to cater for the expected increase in demand.
He had said the demand would surely increase following the government's infrastructural developments in the north including the construction of the Buca Bay and Nabouwalu Dreketi highways. Mr Vakawaletabua said the road construction contracts had been awarded to an Asian company whose workers loved prawns, fish and seafood, thus the set up of hatchery and prawn farms around the north.